Mike Ribeiro

Caps’ Ribeiro wants ‘long-term’ contract


One of the most talked about potential trade targets wants to stay put — assuming he can stay put for a while.

Per the Washington Times, Capitals center Mike Ribeiro has expressed his desire to remain with the club.

“If we can agree to a long-term [contract], then I’ll be more than happy to stay here,” Ribeiro said.

“Five years for me is long term. Two, three years I don’t think it’s long term. It’s short-term. Two, three is short term. Four, five, six [is] long-term.”

Ribeiro, 33, leads the Caps with 34 points in 32 games. He’s also a pending unrestricted free agent. Given the dearth of centers in the NHL, he’d be a hot commodity at the trade deadline if he were made available.

Of course, Washington’s recent surge to within two points of the eighth-place Rangers may make it less likely he’s traded. The Caps have four games before the April 3 deadline.

“I think it will be a big week for decisions to be made,” said Ribeiro. “We’ll see what’s going to happen.”

Columbus collapse: Rangers spoil Blue Jackets’ opener

Jarret Stoll, Mats Zuccarello
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For a little more than a minute, Brandon Saad was going to be the story of the Columbus Blue Jackets’ opener. Instead, his power-play goal merely got the ball rolling on a flabbergasting finish.

The New York Rangers scored three goals in 1:17 of game time to manage a 4-2 win.

They’ve now spoiled home openers for the Chicago Blackhawks and Columbus Blue Jackets to begin their 2015-16 season.

It might be easiest just to show you when the goals were scored, noting that the third period began with a 1-1 tie.

Brandon Saad power-play goal: 16:10 into third period (2-1 Columbus)
Oscar Lindberg: 17:24 (2-2 tie)
Kevin Hayes: 17:41 (3-2 Rangers)
Mats Zuccarello: 18:41 (4-2 Rangers)

Yikes. Zuccarello scored two of the Rangers’ goals, while a beauty by Cam Atkinson is likely long forgotten.

This post will be updated if there’s video of that staggering sequence.

Welcome back, Babs: Red Wings chase Bernier

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Mike Babcock admitted that there might be a painful transformation as he tries to fix the Toronto Maple Leafs.

His old friends made that abundantly, painfully clear on Friday.

As of this writing, the Detroit Red Wings are up 4-0 on the Buds. Justin Abdelkader just completed a hat trick with James Reimer in net, so the subplot isn’t just about Jonathan Bernier having another tough start.

The big story might just be Detroit’s varied new line of Abdelkader, Dylan Larkin (who scored his first career goal) and Henrik Zetterberg. At the moment, they’ve combined for seven points.

This post will be updated if Detroit’s tribute video to Babcock surfaces.

Really, though, this beating has been about as ugly as this blanket so far.

Here’s video of Abdelkader’s hat trick: