Originally written on Rock the Red  |  Last updated 11/19/14

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 05: Mike Ribeiro #63 of the Dallas Stars wiats for play against the Los Angeles Kings during the game at the Staples Center on March 5, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
There has been much debate about whether the Capitals should sign center Mike Ribeiro to a long-term contract or if he should be traded at the trade deadline.  At 33 years old, Mike Ribeiro would be 38 at the end of a 5-year contract, which is his stated desire.  There is little debate about how good Ribeiro has been this season for the Capitals, sitting 17th in NHL scoring with 35 points in 35 games.  He has been instrumental to the Capitals staying in the playoff chase; he truly has been the productive, veteran #2 center the Capitals have needed since Sergei Fedorov left in 2009, and players like him don’t come around too often, which means the Capitals should try to hold on to him.  Most people don’t seem to be worried about the first 2-3 years of a potential Ribeiro contract and seem fairly confident that George McPhee’s initial contract offer of 3 years and $14 million was a fair deal and safe for the Capitals, even if a no-movement clause was included.  Ribeiro has average...
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