Tuesday, March 19, 2013 by The Hockey Daily.
The possibility of a Mike Ribeiro trade is becoming very realistic as the NHL trade deadline approaches. The Washington Capitals centre has been a bright spot on a disappointing Caps team this season.
The Caps centre has 31 points in 28 games this year and will become a UFA on July 1st if he is not signed to a new contract before then.
Ribeiro has quietly had a good career in the Western Conference after leaving the Montreal Canadiens prior to the 2006-07 season. The playmaking centre was good for 407 points in 461 games as a member of the Dallas Stars.
Teams that might want to improve up the middle.
The NHLTradereport.com reports that Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman may be looking to add depth at centre. Mike Ribeiro would be a great fit on the Hawks who already play an impressive puck possession style. Ribeiro is very patient with the puck and could easily slide in to play with Marian Hossa, Patrick Sharp or Patrick Kane on his right wing.
The Vancouver Canucks are looking to replace injured centre Ryan Kesler. What makes this a smart move for the Canucks is that Ribeiro’s contract ends this summer, making him a short term fix to a short term problem. According to toomanymenonthesite.com Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos believes Mike Ribeiro could end up in Vancouver.
The Toronto Maple Leafs find themselves in a playoff spot with less than half the season remaining and it is believed they may be interested in acquiring a centre to play with Phil Kessel. Ever since Kessel’s arrival in Toronto it has been suggested that he would truly maximize his potential with a playmaking centre on his line. After failed attempts, most notably Tim Connolly, Ribeiro could be the perfect guy to step in and generate more scoring chances for the Leafs talented winger.
The Montreal Canadiens have a 13 point cushion on ninth place in the Eastern Conference standings. With an almost guaranteed spot in the playoffs the Habs may look to add a centre going into the playoffs. Mike Ribeiro is a former member of the Canadiens. In his first stint with the team he had good chemistry with scoring right winger Michael Ryder. Ryder was recently re-acquired by the Canadiens in a trade with the Dallas Stars.