Stars sign Ribeiro to new five-year, $25M deal

1/7/2008 - NHL Mike Ribeiro Dallas Stars + more

DALLAS -- Stars center Mike Ribeiro is having a great
season, and he was rewarded Monday night by the Stars with a new
five-year contract worth $25 million.

The 27-year-old Ribeiro's contract was set to expire after this
season. Now he's signed until the 2012-2013 season.

Ribeiro entered Monday night's game against the Minnesota Wild
having already established a career-high with 21 goals.

"I'm glad it's behind me so I can focus on hockey," said
Ribeiro, who had two assists Monday in Dallas' 3-1 victory. "I've
made a home here and there was no doubt I wanted to stay."

Last season with Dallas, Ribeiro had 18 goals and 41 assists for
a team-high 59 points.

"I believe he's made great strides from last year until now,"
said Stars interim co-general manager Brett Hull. "He's just
scratching the surface. It's not a one-hit wonder type of season."

The Stars acquired Ribeiro in a trade with the Montreal Canadiens on Sept. 30, 2006. Ribeiro had 20 goals for Montreal is

The signing was announced between the first and second periods
of the game against Minnesota.