Ribs salutes the fans after his overtime goal in game five. (Photo credit: Patrick McDermott)
The Washington Capitals have been searching for a second-line center for years. Last summer, they finally got one. In a shortened season with the Caps, Mike Ribeiro was excellent — even when his team wasn’t. He anchored Washington’s power play, turning Alex Ovechkin — a guy the Caps have invested $123 million in — into a lethal threat. He stabilized the top six. He led the league in points on the man advantage, a huge source of the team’s scoring. He will soon be a free agent. The captain wants him back, though, and so does the coach.
“The most important thing is to re-sign Ribs,” Ovechkin told Slava Malamud. “It will be tough without him.”
“You all saw how valuable he was to our team,” Adam Oates added. “Hopefully the parties will work it out because we love him.”