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11-01-2003, 09:24 PM
Kirk Muller
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Originally Posted by AzNDrAgOn
What are you talking about... IMO, Ribeiro has done a good job so far replacing Koivu. It's not Ribeiro's fault if Zednik doesn't score. He does make plenty of good passes every game. He's like the only player in our roster that can create some offense regulary. After his 7th point, he still played well and created a lot of scoring chances. He just had back luck not scoring. Also, other teams are now making sure they keep an eye closer on him because we all know that he's the most dangerous Habs with the puck.
I wouldn't say Ribeiro has done a good job of replacing Koivu, he has been okay, but in Ribeiro's defense, it would be impossible to replace Koivu with anyone on our current roster. Koivu is simply a much better hockey player, has more skill, creativity, hockey sense etc. than anyone on the roster.

Ribeiro is not a good second line centre, not yet at least. He has no consistency, is shut down easily in big games, has been invisible about half the games this year. The one thing is if Koivu returns, a lot of pressure will be taken off that line, which could help them immensely.

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