Now that former Tampa Bay Lightning captain Vincent Lecavalier has chosen to sign with the Philadelphia Flyers, Washington Capitals veteran Mike Ribeiro will soon become the best center available in a weak free-agent class.
Ribeiro was a point-per-game player for the second time in his career last season, tallying 49 points in 48 games. He was also the Capitals' most consistent player, especially when the team struggled at the beginning of the season and plummeted to the bottom of the Southeast Division standings.
According to Renaud Lavoie of RDS, Ribeiro is going to test the free-agent market. Given the high amount of teams that need to upgrade their depth down the middle, he should have plenty of suitors when free agency begins on Friday.
Let's rank the five best fits for Ribeiro.
Note: All salary information via Capgeek.