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Mike Ribeiro focuses on present with Capitals

Apr 3, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT

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Mike Ribeiro stood out as one of the most intriguing wild cards of the 2013 trade deadline, but it appears that the Washington Capitals decided to keep him on Wednesday. Ribeiro told that he’s just fine with that.

“I think we have a good thing going here,” Ribeiro said. “We’re close to the division [lead], close to making the playoffs. I don’t really see myself moved or signed today. We’ll just get focused for the game tomorrow.”

The 33-year-old’s future remains in doubt beyond this season; the team and the pending unrestricted free agent appear to be at odds on the term of a contract extension, among other things.

He sounds like he’s just focusing on the present, which hasn’t been looking too shabby, as he’s tied with Nicklas Backstrom for second place in team scoring at 35 points this season.

“I don’t think I’m worried if I’ll sign for next season,” Ribeiro said. “That will happen. It was more to know if I’m staying here or not. With the last two weeks or so, I think you can see potential in what we can do.

“I’m happy here and hopefully we can keep winning and make the playoffs. … If we make the playoffs and we win in the playoffs then it will be easier to sign after.”

Note: the entire hockey world is waiting for word on a Capitals deal, so there’s an outside chance Ribeiro did get traded. Stay tuned.

  1. ibieiniid - Apr 3, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    i’m DYING to know what this unannounced Caps trade is

    • thomasvanek - Apr 3, 2013 at 4:40 PM

      I think stafford is going to caps

      • ibieiniid - Apr 3, 2013 at 4:41 PM

        i originally thought the same but then Regier said no more moves for them. idk if that’s just showmanship though. Preds have been quiet though….

      • timsabourin - Apr 3, 2013 at 4:44 PM


  2. thedavesiknowiknow - Apr 3, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    It’s not Stafford- and Stafford wouldn’t warrant Washington waiting on the media. Regier says Buffalo’s done.

  3. dipthatchip - Apr 3, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    Forsberg to NSH
    Erat and Latta to WSH

    • holtbeast - Apr 3, 2013 at 5:05 PM


      Seems like a weird trade to me.

  4. np2733tornadoes - Apr 3, 2013 at 5:02 PM


    ERAT AND LATTA(Prpspect)


  5. bmoreredfury311 - Apr 3, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    NOOOO! do not let forsberg go! ill take Erat but not for that trade. but im not a GM so what do i know.

  6. bethgoesglobal - Apr 3, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    I’m a little frustrated that they didn’t get things done with Ribs today. Hopefully they can work something out before the end of the season. It looks like the playoffs may hold the future for him. I think we’d be fools to let him go, but with a new 4.5mil contract to take on for the next couple of years w/Erat? I’m not really sure how much cap space they’ll have after resigning the other players we’ll want to keep as well (MoJo, Alzner, ect…).

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