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Caps’ Ribeiro: “I believe that by Dec. 1 we’ll have a season going”

Nov 9, 2012, 2:17 PM EDT


Back in late September, Mike Ribeiro told CSN Washington he believed the NHL season would be up and running by December.

On Thursday, he reiterated that prediction — and said it was the big reason why he didn’t sign in Europe.

“That’s why I didn’t go overseas,” he explained to CSN’s Chuck Gormley. “I believed we would have a lockout that would not last more than a month and a half and we would start a season at the start of December.

“These are smart businessmen and both parties are smart enough to not miss a full year. It looks like both sides have taken a step forward and I’m hoping we get a deal done soon.”

Ribeiro not going to Europe was noteworthy. He has experience in that department, having played for Finnish club Espoo during the 2004-05 work stoppage, where he joined current and former NHLers Ryan Malone, Bryan Muir, Krys Kolanos and Donald MacLean.

For this lockout, though, he’s sticking in North America.

Ribeiro is skating regularly in Washington with a number of Caps players, keeping fit for the a start date he hopes will come soon — he’s been keeping tabs on negotiations and prepping accordingly.

“I have no idea when they’ll settle,” he said. “But I hope and I believe that by Dec. 1 we’ll have a season going.”

  1. blomfeld - Nov 9, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    A Voice of Reason …

    Very refreshing to finally hear from an intelligent and thoughtful player. I concur with Ribeiro’s analysis completely, though I still maintain that we’ll have play under way even sooner by the US Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Anyway, I’m not a Caps fan myself per se. But if I was, then I know that I’d be clamoring for someone like this Ribeiro fellow to assume the captaincy of the team. What a wonderful contrast he would be, compared to the childish, selfish, over-rated, over-paid, hot-dogging “me stay in KHL” idiotic clown which is Ovechkin ! In fact, it’s only thanks to “quality” remarks like Ribeiro’s here, that one hasn’t already thrown in the towel on humanity itself.

  2. dtanz18 - Nov 9, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    Get Ribeiro at the bargaining table STAT!!!

    • therealjr - Nov 9, 2012 at 3:05 PM

      Fehr would kill him. He doesn’t want players indicating that they actually want to play and feel a deal can be worked out. The idea is to win the negotiation at all costs, because nobody wants the humiliation of having their $5M contracts only worth $4.5M.

      • dtanz18 - Nov 9, 2012 at 3:16 PM

        I agree that Fehr would kill him but I don’t give a f@#% which millionaire or billionaire makes more money, I just want hockey!

  3. ballistictrajectory - Nov 9, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    Two minutes for diving. 5 minute Major for unsportsmanlike conduct. 10 minute misconduct. Game misconduct.

  4. jayreiterman - Nov 9, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    Lmao !!!!

  5. bleed4philly - Nov 9, 2012 at 3:31 PM

    I certainly hope so!!!

  6. matt8204 - Nov 9, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    Yes, Mike. Full slate of games on 12/1. And the night before that, I’m going to bed Carrie Underwood. And the following night, I’m going to win $150 million in the Powerball drawing. Give me some of what you’re smoking, I want to get high too.

  7. sabatimus - Nov 9, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    If Ribeiro is saying this, I personally guarantee the opposite is true.

  8. mississippimudslinger - Nov 9, 2012 at 6:20 PM

    The laughing stock of all professional sports the NHL , not even a top 7 sport in North America at this point. this is embarrassing and you no nothing’s just flock to and hang on to ever word these uneducated future garbage truck driving imbeciles put out there for ya’ll to read lol

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