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07-13-2008, 10:13 AM
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Originally Posted by Passchendaele View Post
Mike is not at all the player he used to be in MTL.

What is that smell?

Oh, right, that little thing called jealousy.
I've seen plenty of Mike Ribeiro in Dallas. I'm aware of his development. It's strictly offensive. He's still very weak on the puck. He still plays with very little fire. He's still prone to loss of concentration on the ice. He's still about as physical out there as the referees.

If hockey were strictly about putting up points and there were zero other factors, as Mister EA Sports rankings seems to think, Ribeiro would have a lot of merit. However, real observers of the game know there are a ton of factors that come into play when evaluating a hockey player that simply don't show up when you click their profile at

You take Mike Ribeiro, I'll take Valtteri Filppula. That's an easy choice for me. One is a winner who has shown every sign of developing into a rock-solid two way forward with skill, speed, grit and determination.

The other, at best, is Pierre Turgeon.

Which guy do you really think NHL GMs would pick?

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