Capitals center Mike Ribeiro and Florida Panthers goaltender Jose Theodore spent parts of six seasons together with the Montreal Canadiens.
They share the same agent and for at least a few years in Montreal, they shared the same hotel rooms.
Although Theodore is expected to back up Scott Clemmenson tonight in Sunrise, Fla., the two former teammates will share a few words during warmups when the Capitals visit the Panthers for the second time in four nights.
“We liked to hang out when we were in Montreal,” said Ribeiro, who turned 33 on Sunday. “We kept in touch and when I got traded here he told me I’d like it here.”
Theodore, 36, spent two seasons as the No. 1 goalie for the Capitals, going 62-24-12 during the Caps’ high-flying days from 2008-10.
But when Theodore struggled in the playoffs, Bruce Boudreau was quick with the hook, allowing him just two appearances in each of his playoff runs with the Caps. Theodore allowed 11 goals in those four games.
Ribeiro said he’s always believed Theodore was better in the clutch than many give him credit for, saying he’s a “quick” and “mentally strong” goalie who learned a lot from former Canadiens goaltending coach Rollie Melanson.
“He delivered in Montreal,” Ribeiro recalled, noting the Canadiens’ back-to-back runs to the conference semifinals in 2002 and 2004. “But you cannot do it all by yourself.
Theodore to Ribeiro: 'He told me I'd like it here'
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