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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
2003-04.

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