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11-02-2003, 10:52 AM
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Originally Posted by Corey
I vote for Plekanec to stay, Ribeiro to be traded. What can Gainey get for him?
I would agree. Even though I cannot deny that Ribeiro has elite vision and puckhandling skills, he's way too slow, inconsistent and weak for the kind of team I want to see built in Montreal. Comparatively, Plekanec is a speedster and has a good 20lbs of extra muscle, even if shorter, meaning he has a lower center of gravity and is stronger on his skates than Ribs.

I cannot envision anyone of them as #1 centers on a strong team. Neither on a checking line as their game is both about offense. I would keep Plekanec just because he's faster, stronger and has also very good hands and passing skills. A Higgins - Plekanec - Ryder line could do some damage in a year or two as our 2nd line.


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