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“I can put things in different places at the right time,” Ribeiro said. “I don’t think about it before the game or during the next few days or so. If it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen. So we’ll see what this week brings us and then we’ll go from there.”

Ribeiro said he’d be “comfortable” staying with the Caps, but he made clear earlier in the week that he’d prefer a “long-term” deal. Long term to the 33-year-old means four or five years.

Ribeiro is making $5 million in the final season of a five-year contract, and even with the salary cap going down it would be hard to expect Washington’s leading scorer to take a pay cut.

Injury updates

John Erskine (upper-body injury) did not participate in practice Thursday, though Oates said the defenseman was just resting and had not suffered a setback. … Neither Tomas Kundratek (right knee) nor Tom Poti (back) is quite ready to go, though the Caps will have roster decisions to make when one is able to return. … Eric Fehr (upper body) did not practice again, and Oates said the right wing is “a ways away” from playing.