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Ribeiro on players being traded from Montreal and Carey Price
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02-12-2010, 05:22 AM
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...I think his point is it seems as if players leaving Montreal do better more so than any other player leaving any other city. If what you say was true, it would happen just as much with young players in other cities, and I think Ribeiro think it's specifically a Montreal thing.
Let's be honest, you guys hold your call-ups to high standards. After a period or two of play, it's not rare to see "he isn't ready, send him down"...in Boston, it seems, we're a little more patient...(when you haven't won a championship in 38 years, it is required
Ray Bourque had to go to the Avs to win a Cup, didn't he? maybe not the point you're making, but it's not like nobody who leaves Boston has sucesss (Thornton looks good in SJ, you guys wanted him out after not being able to handle the 7th and 8th seeded Habs...twice).
either way, the majority of players who have left Montreal in recent times (post Leclair, Roy) to become more successful were plagued by the fact that they really were not producing for long stretches and/or did not fit into the overall team structure. Ribeiro is doing great playing with the players he is with NOW. Before, he didn't have that support (except Dagenais high fives) or maturity cuz of his own lifestyle/attitude. Ryder...well, he's your deal now. People get complacent when they are here because as much as bruins fans love their team, the whole city is not drooling over their stars, even rookies. There are other sports franchises, it's diluted.
Also, I'm ALLLL for giving people like Price more time. Same can't be said for other players, but then I'd rather they be in the minors until ready cuz they aren't cutting it in the NHL (Dagostini, Pacioretty).
The pressure in Montreal for the Habs to win is far more than it is for the Bs. I definitely respect you guys as a solid fanbase, but the politics here (media-fueled) are ridiculous and I wish they didn't exist, but that's an example of how the Canadiens are a part of the socio-political fabric. Kinda sucks when the team is struggling. Defined the city when we were in our various golden years. Also, it's getting overblown, this concept of everyone leaving Montreal getting better, but it never happening elsewhere. You guys got Chara from the Sens. That was huge. They CHOSE Redden over him. Gaborik is going to be much better in NY than Minny (or rather will fit better). Pouliot is doing better with us and Lats with Minny for similar reasons -- better fit. Everyone focuses on the ones that got away, but really...how great are the latest ones?
call me when our Hart and Vezina-winning Theo lives up to that again!
Higgins has not been a big loss. How many years did Hainsey take to develop and honestly, in our current org., I'm happy for him not to be in it. Beauchemin...meh...take it or leave it (overhyped). Rivet (another basher), wouldn't keep him for free. Begin - good for your style, was great for us at times, cost us the playoffs twice, still a hero, but his time had come here. Robidas yes, mishandled perhaps, but again, the luxury of time is something the team does not have. As much as there are pro-Tankers around here, it's a recent phenomenon. Boston got to tank for awhile in the past decade, so the young players you are being patient with deliver a lot faster.
Ribs is definitely a very very solid player now (just saw that through the legs play). Still, I'm happy with signing Plekanec and we should focus on the ones we are keeping/planning to keep (or have kept --> Markov). I also have really enjoyed a former Bruin, Metropolit. Great pickup although I dunno what's gonna happen now.
As for a player people will not be giving up on...I give you PK Subban. Give him all the time he wants.
oh and special mention to Josh Gorges, who has been nothing less than fantastic since being aquired (for Rivet!)
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