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Ribeiro hopes he’s the piece Caps have been lacking in playoff runs

Jul 14, 2012, 6:11 PM EDT

Stephane Robidas #3 of the Dallas Stars celebrates his second period goal with Mike Ribeiro #63 in the game against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on February 1, 2012 in Anaheim, California.
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The Washington Capitals didn’t make a big splash during the free agent frenzy, but their top two lines will certainly look different. That’s in large part due to their acquisition of Mike Ribeiro back in June.

Ribeiro met with the Washington media on Saturday and, based on a report by CSN Washington’s Chuck Gormley, it wasn’t hard to tell what was on his mind.

“At the end of the day every year this team is among the top five [favorites] for winning the Cup but there’s always a missing piece or two, so hopefully I can be that piece that helps this team go farther in the playoffs and hopefully win a Cup,” Ribeiro said.

That wasn’t the only reference to winning the Stanley Cup that Ribeiro made, and he certainly should be a vital piece of the puzzle next season. Aside from the fact that he’s a 60-70 point player in his own right, Ribeiro might be able to help Alex Ovechkin bounce back after recording a career-low 65 points.

Ribeiro said that the thought of playing alongside Ovechkin was the first thing that crossed his mind.

“I like right-handers and he’s a right-handed shooter and it will probably be easier for me during the game to give the puck to a guy like that who can score,” Ribeiro said. He should also be a big help with the man advantage, where he’ll be able to feed the puck to Ovechkin and Mike Green, another right-handed shot.

It will be a while before we’ll see what line combinations new head coach Adam Oates decides to go with, but the addition of Ribeiro certainly provides them with some appealing options.

  1. creasemasta41 - Jul 14, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    I wonder what ribeiro and semin could’ve done on a line together..

    • steeltownpride87 - Jul 14, 2012 at 7:30 PM

      You might get a chance to see what a Semin/Crosby or a Semin/Malkin line can do together .

      • creasemasta41 - Jul 14, 2012 at 10:15 PM

        My guess is semin bolts for the khl unless a team wildly overpays him so they can hit the cap floor

  2. ravenscaps48 - Jul 14, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    I am really looking forward to this year!

  3. ravenscaps48 - Jul 14, 2012 at 8:32 PM

    Yeah. And then come playoff time where each one of your proposed line combos is a minus 6 because they’d be a defensive liability

    • ravenscaps48 - Jul 14, 2012 at 8:35 PM

      Do Pittsburgh Fans have to comment on EVERY Caps thread? Holy Cow

      • yinzgotsix - Jul 14, 2012 at 10:46 PM

        Yes. When it comes to CAPS or Philthy threads, pissburgh fans want to tell you how they are superior in every way even though most of them have no clue and just got interested in the pens 7 or 8 years ago. Semin will never play beside CINDY for the simple fact he knows she’s a weak ass titty baby.

      • crosberries - Jul 15, 2012 at 12:10 AM

        Yes the guy who slap fought Marc staal is worried if Crosby is a baby or not. Good point.

  4. letangusespertplus - Jul 14, 2012 at 8:47 PM

    Homerun Cumia!

    • yinzgotsix - Jul 14, 2012 at 11:09 PM

      Thank you for another informative comment and proving the fact that pens fans are “special” and need alot of attention. It’s adolescents like yourself that give every team in that so called city a horrible reputation.

      • crosberries - Jul 15, 2012 at 12:13 AM

        Your doing a great job trying to sound smart so you can rip on people for being stupid. Hilarious.

      • ravenscaps48 - Jul 15, 2012 at 12:32 AM

        *You’re… Genius

  5. drewsylvania - Jul 14, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    He fills the fake-an-injury role quite nicely.

  6. imacdane - Jul 15, 2012 at 1:35 AM

    He won’t be a help on the power play, any Stars fan can tell you that. Look for him to stand at the half wall while holding onto the puck for 2 minutes, unless an opposing player steals it from and takes it the other way, in which case he (Ribeiro) will make no attempt to backcheck.

  7. capsfan19 - Jul 15, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    Whoah!!! Whoah!! Those slaps were vicious man! Staal couldnt handle em

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