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Ribeiro: ‘If I stay here, I want to have a chance to win’

May 15, 2013, 12:50 PM EDT

Mike Ribeiro AP

Mike Ribeiro was already on the record as wanting a long-term contract — “five years for me is long term” — from the Washington Capitals.

Today, two days after the Caps were eliminated from the playoffs, the 33-year-old center who can become an unrestricted free agent this summer was asked once more about his plans.

“I have a family and have to make the right decision for them, and for the team, too. If I stay here, I want to have a chance to win,” said Ribeiro, per the Washington Post. “You can’t just re-sign me and then have the same kind of team. You want to improve your team. …

“That’s why it’s important to talk to them and know what they’re thinking and want to do, and then from there fit me into that.”

Ribeiro had 13 goals and 36 assists during the regular season. His 49 points were the second most, behind Alex Ovechkin‘s 56, on the Caps and tied for 10th overall in the NHL.

No other pending UFA had as many points as Ribeiro.

Other pending UFA centers include Patrik Elias, Tyler Bozak, and Derek Roy.

Certainly there’s more demand than supply when it comes to top centers — a good thing for Ribeiro, but potentially problematic for the Caps if they want him back. (Which head coach Adam Oates does.)

Washington general manager George McPhee would likely prefer to give Ribeiro a two- to three-year commitment, as opposed to one that would take the player into his late 30’s.

Ribeiro’s expiring contract was for five years and $25 million ($5 million cap hit).

  1. taintedlombardis - May 15, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    Ribeiro has a lot to learn. He was awful on the PP, and just awful in general the entire series.

    • jernster21 - May 15, 2013 at 1:20 PM

      No kidding. I remember them trying to tie a game with their goalie pulled and they had the puck in the offensive zone the entire time with Riberiro quarterbacking the puck and not a single puck got put on net. Awful.

      Clearly Riberio doesn’t want to be on the Caps though – what he’s basically saying is “I’ll play on as long as I’m making a lot of money.”

      • jernster21 - May 15, 2013 at 1:21 PM

        *I’ll play on INSERT BOTTOM FEEDING TEAM HERE

  2. dropthepuckeh - May 15, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    If he stays there, they will not win. He is one of the problems. I definitely would not want him being a role model for any “young” players. Hard to imagine a guy like that made $5m a year.

    • devilsarethebest - May 16, 2013 at 9:54 PM

      Yes, hard to imagine someone with over a point-per-game getting 5 million. Idiot.

  3. tfaltin - May 15, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    Lot’s of reading between the lines to do there between the quotes and tweet. The line of teams lining up for Ribeiro for a two year deal will not be a short one. I wouldn’t be surprised if Buffalo throws him a contract. They had the 3rd worst PP, where Ribeiro does a lot of his damage, and I dont think they ever really replaced Derek Roy. If the Sabres want to convince Vanek, Miller, and the fans that they’re serious about contending next year, it makes sense.

    Another possible destination is Winnipeg. Olli Jokinen didn’t pan out, and the Jets had the worst PP in the NHL last year. Again, a move to bolster center depth and power play ability.

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 15, 2013 at 1:29 PM

      Wouldn’t be surprised if Montreal would try to lure him back to his native city.

  4. fivetozeroingame7 - May 15, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    Here’s a hint. You won’t!

    Caps. Suck.

    • micklethepickle - May 15, 2013 at 1:46 PM

      Oh boy – I’ll break my own rule about feeding trolls and comment on this. NYR played a good Game 7… that’s true. However, you seem to forget that although the Rags (really just Lundqvist) at preventing goals, they kind of suck, a LOT, at scoring them. You’re about to go up against arguably the most ‘defense-first’ squad in the league. There won’t be Mike ‘Green-light-to-score’ handing you softies all series. Caps are weak on the blue line, but have a great offense – Lundqvist won’t be able to help you solve Chara/Seidenberg/Rask.

      And if the Rags could barely score on the Capitals free-wheeling defensive team (despite a 2-1 advantage in PP), and it took them 7 games to barely beat a team that “sucks”…. what are the conclusions that we can draw about the Rags?

      I’d like to add a “Good series” to all the classy Rangers fans on here that I really enjoyed chatting with. Trolls like this douche-magoosh aren’t representative, and I know it.

      • micklethepickle - May 15, 2013 at 1:47 PM

        whoops – meant to say “although the Rags (really just Lundqvist) *are great* at preventing goals

      • fivetozeroingame7 - May 15, 2013 at 1:53 PM

        I love it. Keep going!

  5. lostpuppysyndrome - May 15, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    Well shoot dood, come to Minnesota! We’re clearly willing to shell out for a Cup!

  6. tycobbfromfangraphs - May 15, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    Ribeiro is a playoff failure and always has been. He wants to win? Ohhhh he means he wants others to win for him, because every playoff year Ribeiro plays like garbage.

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 15, 2013 at 1:33 PM

      Garbage like Ovi?

      • har21441 - May 15, 2013 at 1:37 PM

        but with more leadership

      • tycobbfromfangraphs - May 15, 2013 at 2:53 PM

        3 points in 11 games, 2 in 6, 3 in 7, and now 2 in 7, he did have a decent run with the Stars once in his life, but otherwise he’s been a playoff failure who should be the last person talking about others.

        I’d never want my favorite team to sign him.

  7. dabutcha114 - May 15, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    Another words. He sucks as a captain and his defense is non existent.

  8. 19to77 - May 15, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    He’ll get a better offer from another team, guaranteed. Jets and Sabres have been mentioned, Flames just lost Cervenka, ‘Yotes and Panthers probably want to add scoring and centre depth, and Columbus could stand to stack a little more at centre too. Caps won’t be the highest bidder, even if they want to be.

  9. taintedlombardis - May 15, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    What a loser. Ovechkin has done more in a single series than this loser his whole playoff career. He’s playing to the media for attention. Something he never gets for his play on the ice.

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