The Washington Capitals have decided that Mike Ribeiro will not get the contract extension he’s seeking, making the veteran center an unrestricted free agent beginning on Friday, July 5. He was reportedly seeking a 5-year deal; the Capitals weren’t going to go that long, even after Ribeiro was one of the few players who produced offensive numbers wire to wire last season, his first and only one in Washington. Ribeiro had a desire to remain in D.C. if the team could meet his contractual demands. “If I can stay in the city and retire here. It’s more about the kids. If I could stay in the city until they go to college,” he said after the season. Alas, the Capitals decided to go in a different direction … and this did not sit well with Mrs. Ribeiro.