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05-09-2006, 04:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Legolas
I don't really care if we keep Ribs or not...but whoever is our second line centre, whether it's Ribs, Plekanec, a UFA, or whomever, better be able to win faceoffs in addition to whatever else they can do. Losing key faceoffs is what killed us in the playoffs the past two times we played Carolina. Improving the wings and even the offensive production of the defensemen will make up for any lack of offence from the centre position...but if we don't improve out ability to get and retain puck possession in our zone and in the offensive zone at key points of the game, it doesn't matter if we sign Redden, Chara, Elias and whomever else next year...we'll still have the same weakness.
Oh yes, that's another of Ribeiro's shortcoming, along with his lack of foot speed, poor shooting, and ineffective backchecking.

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