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Predators activate Josi from IR, assign Ribeiro to AHL

Nashville Predators v Arizona Coyotes

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 10: Roman Josi #59 and Kevin Fiala #56 of the Nashville Predators during the NHL game against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on December 10, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Predators 4-1. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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The Nashville Predators announced on Saturday afternoon that veteran forward Mike Ribeiro has been assigned to the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League, just one day after the team placed him on waivers after he had been a healthy scratch the past three games and requested a trade from the team.

None of the NHL’s 29 other teams put in a waiver claim for him on Saturday

In 46 games this season he has four goals and 21 assists.

While Ribeiro is on his way to the AHL, the Predators are getting one of their top defenseman back after activating Roman Josi from injured reserve.

Josi has been sidelined since the middle of January due to an injury he suffered as the result of a late hit from Boston Bruins forward Anton Blidh.

Blidh received a five-minute major for interference on the play.

Josi’s offensive production has dropped a bit this season with 22 points in 42 games, but he remains one of the better all-around blueliners in the NHL. His injury also happened to coincide with an injury to P.K. Subban that kept Nashville’s two top defenders out of the lineup for several games. Not only are both back in the lineup, but the Predators are starting to stack some wins together and enter Saturday back in one of the top three spots in the Central Division.

The Predators play a Red Wings team on Saturday night that will be dealing with a couple of injuries to Frans Nielsen and Nicklas Kronwall.