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Ribeiro Happy to Sign Extension

Tuesday, 01.08.2008 / 3:47 PM / Feature
By Dallas Stars Staff
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Ribeiro Happy to Sign Extension

Monday was a big day for Mike Ribeiro and the Dallas Stars. The team announced that the Stars center was signed to a new five-year, $25 million contract extension, keeping him under contract through the 2012-13 season.

Ribeiro spoke on Tuesday on what it means to him. ( 700K )

“It means a lot, I’ve been working all my life for this,” he said. “Most important though is that I am staying in Dallas. That was my goal all along – to sign here and not wait until the summer. My family and I have made a home here and we love it.”

The Stars talked with Ribeiro’s agent, Don Meehan, for a few weeks about the new contract, and finally put it to bed this past week.

“We initiated (the talks) when we were in New Jersey and it was an easy process,” said Star Co-General Manager Les Jackson. “His agent made it clear that Mike’s first choice was Dallas and when you start off a negotiation with both sides wanting the same result, it is much simpler. You always go through a negotiation on the numbers. Don Meehan was great to deal with; he is one of the classiest guys in the business. So that gave us a nice fit.”

Ribeiro is only 27 and could have been an unrestricted free agent this coming summer after signing a one-year, $2.8 million contract in July. The Stars made a decision to make an investment in him and, as the saying goes, ‘Got ‘er done.’

“When you’re paying that kind of money you want that term,” said Jackson. “We’re making an investment here. We told him we were open to whatever he wanted to talk about. He initiated that he wanted term and we also wanted it if we were going to pay this kind of money to him. It was easy right from the start.

“We’re signing a 27-year-old player and that makes it easier. He is talented, he wants to be here and he makes our team better. At the end of the day it was a slam-dunk deal and it was just a matter of working out the dollars and the term. That’s always delicate because you have a responsibility to the cap and to the other players on the team. One player can’t take up all of the money and all of the term. You have other guys to worry about. I think it’s a fair contract.”

Ribeiro came into his own in the second half of last season after being traded to Dallas right at the end of training camp. It took some time for him to become acclimated to a new city and teammates but once he did, things started to click.

“Last year I had a good year but I came into this year more comfortable with the guys and the coaches had a better idea of what I could do,” said Ribeiro. “Brett and Les have been great to me and I have to thank Doug Armstrong for making the trade to get me to Dallas. I am thankful for what he did in how he believed in me. Like I said, I love it here and am very happy to sign this contract to stay here.”

Head Coach Dave Tippett surely doesn’t mind. The signing helps ensure that an important top-six forward will be part of the roster for years to come.

“I think it’s a good move by the organization,” said Tippett. “He’s a player that has done very well. He wants to stay in Dallas and he is an excellent player. It’s a good marriage together. Guys like Mike Modano and Jere Lehtinen have carried the offense for this organization for the last few years and now we’ve got some guys like Ribeiro and (Brenden) Morrow who are helping in that respect. Having top forwards like that makes the organization stronger.”

Ribeiro and Morrow have played well together on the same line over the last six weeks or so. Both players are now under contract with the Stars for several years and hopefully the chemistry will continue.

“He makes my life easier,” said Ribeiro. “I’m going to have the chance to play with Brenden over the next few years and that is exciting. He’s a big part of what just happened to me too. He’s a complete player and I am looking forward to playing with him a lot more.”

Ribeiro and the Stars are now focused on a five-game road trip that takes them to Chicago and St. Louis for an important back-to-back series before going West to play the Kings, Ducks and Sharks.

“We’ve been playing good on the road,” said Ribeiro. “The back-to-back games in Chicago and St. Louis are important. Last night’s win was big to get us back in the win column and back on track. It’s going to be important to get off to a good start in Chicago and go from there. It’s important to win. We got in a little slump there after Christmas. To get that win last night was big and now we have a big road trip. It’s going to be a tough one but we want to try to get some wins on it.”

Its all part of the Stars’ main goals – finish the season strong and challenge for the division.

“It’s not going to be an easy road,” said Ribeiro. “All of the teams are good. We want to finish first in our division and that can do a lot for you with confidence and obviously seeding. The last few years this team has had a good regular season but lost in the first round and we don’t want to do that again. We are focused on finishing the season strong and heading into the playoffs with confidence.”




1 ANA 35 22 8 5 101 96 49
2 CHI 34 23 9 2 106 67 48
3 STL 33 21 9 3 100 81 45
4 NSH 31 21 8 2 87 64 44
5 SJS 34 19 11 4 97 87 42
6 WPG 34 17 10 7 83 80 41
7 VAN 32 19 11 2 92 90 40
8 LAK 34 17 11 6 94 84 40
9 CGY 35 17 15 3 100 95 37
10 MIN 31 16 12 3 91 84 35
11 DAL 32 14 13 5 95 109 33
12 COL 33 12 13 8 85 101 32
13 ARI 32 11 17 4 74 104 26
14 EDM 34 7 20 7 74 116 21


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J. Benn 32 10 20 1 30
J. Spezza 32 6 19 -10 25
T. Daley 32 7 9 -12 16
A. Roussel 32 7 9 -3 16
A. Goligoski 32 1 14 2 15
C. Eakin 29 6 7 2 13
S. Horcoff 32 5 7 1 12
E. Cole 31 6 5 -5 11
R. Garbutt 24 5 5 -6 10
K. Lehtonen 13 7 5 .904 2.99
A. Lindback 1 5 0 .864 4.29
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