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12-06-2003, 06:36 PM
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I fully agree. A casual hockey fan may flip on the game and watch Ribeiro shift around the offensive zone, flipping the puck around and creatively shifting his skates, and think "wow, what a talented player that Ribeiro is". It's hard not to fall in love with a guy that is as talented with the puck as Mike, but there are other things that can make or break a hockey player. I give Ribeiro full credit for trying each and every offseason to improve his strength and skating, it shows that he's really trying to improve and that no one should be questioning the work ethic he has. If you read most of my posts, you'll see that I'm constantly talking about how size really doesn't matter, but what sets the real players apart from the rest is their strength, on-ice desire, and commitment to their respective teams. I've never met Mike Ribeiro, but I get the feeling that he cares more for his own stats and ice time, than he does for winning and playing a thorough team game.
Ribeiro's talent level is, some would say, off of the charts. I agree to a certain extent, but being able to stickhandle is just one area of many that make up 'talent'. Mike will never be a good skater and he is certainly not a physical player. Because Ribeiro is so weak on and off of the puck, it will be very hard for him to continue as an effective top-six forward without possessing good speed or decent strength. He may put up 50 points on a weak team, but this is not a guy that is going to be a key part of any Stanley Cup run, whether the fans or media decide to accept that is up to them. With Bob Gainey as GM, I have a hard time believing that such a proud, heartfilled competitor as M. Gainey could feel confident with Mike Ribeiro as a centreman on his contending team.
Ribeiro would be a great player to drool over in the preseason, or even an allstar game, but when the going gets tough he disappears faster than Travis Green at the site of Mike Komisarek. Comparing Ribeiro to a guy like Saku Koivu is moronic. Even though they are both setupmen that are very small in stature, Koivu plays a fireball type of game with an unquestionable drive and passion. When the games become important and the team is in trouble, Koivu is the man that you notice. Unless Mike Ribeiro can become that type of player, there is no future in Montreal for him. Our captain was the best player on the ice tonight, and has shown yet again that he is a top-ten centre in the NHL.
All the best to Ribeiro. He may some day be a some what productive player on a less than productive team, but he'll never be of any real importance to Montreal unless he can touch upon those things I've all ready mentioned: skating, strength, and desire. Those are the three things that can make or break a hockey player, but I get the feeling they've already ripped a big crack through Mike Ribeiro, and he's in serious danger of being broken.
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