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Caps’ Ribeiro wants ‘long-term’ contract

Mar 25, 2013, 10:56 AM EDT

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One of the most talked about potential trade targets wants to stay put — assuming he can stay put for a while.

Per the Washington Times, Capitals center Mike Ribeiro has expressed his desire to remain with the club.

“If we can agree to a long-term [contract], then I’ll be more than happy to stay here,” Ribeiro said.

“Five years for me is long term. Two, three years I don’t think it’s long term. It’s short-term. Two, three is short term. Four, five, six [is] long-term.”

Ribeiro, 33, leads the Caps with 34 points in 32 games. He’s also a pending unrestricted free agent. Given the dearth of centers in the NHL, he’d be a hot commodity at the trade deadline if he were made available.

Of course, Washington’s recent surge to within two points of the eighth-place Rangers may make it less likely he’s traded. The Caps have four games before the April 3 deadline.

“I think it will be a big week for decisions to be made,” said Ribeiro. “We’ll see what’s going to happen.”

  1. jpelle82 - Mar 25, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    he has been the most consistent cap thus far. makes sense with backstrom not playing up to par. just depends on how much he wants i guess, seems like everyone has cap space these days, someone will pay him what he wants if the caps dont.

  2. govtminion - Mar 25, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Before this little win streak, Ribiero was the one guy who really was playing his ass off in DC. McPhee, PAY THE MAN. He’s earned it.

  3. blackfoot11 - Mar 25, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    Sign the man GMGM. The Caps have been looking endlessly for a 2nd line Centerman…not to mention that Ribiero has earned it.

  4. bmoreredfury311 - Mar 25, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Get it done McPhee

  5. mp1113 - Mar 25, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Please god keep him. Our power play is nasty with him ovi and Backstrom.

  6. operwapitsai - Mar 25, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    im all for it, but im not so sure about anything longer than 4 years. the dudes 33 and wants a big contract for 5+….. I just dont think so

  7. caps4cup - Mar 25, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    Caps please keep ribero

  8. ravenscaps48 - Mar 25, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    5 years, $27.5 Million

  9. davem23 - Mar 25, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    So do Caps fans!

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