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12-07-2003, 03:47 AM
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Medicine Twin
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I guess I'll add my $.02 here too...

Although I don't see Ribiero as our #2 center of the future, I don't think trading him right now is a good idea. First of all, if we trade him, we're gonna be looking for a good RD... not a power forward or any forward for that matter. Look at our future...

Zednik - Koivu - Kastsitsyn
Hossa - Higgins - Perezhogin
Bulis - Plekanec - Ryder
Sundstrom - Begin - Ward

Add to it that Urquhart, Lambert, Balej, etc. are doing very well... we're stacked at forward.

Hainsey - Komisarek
Markov - ???????
Souray - ???????

Quintal is gone at the end of this year to UFA. Brisebois, even if he will take the pay cut, will likely not be very productive or needed on the PP by the time he becomes a UFA in two years. And Rivet has been very inconsistant thoughout his career with Montreal.

So the Ribiero trade, when the time comes, should be...

Ribiero + Rivet ---> solid younger RD

If this trade is done now, that would most likely put Komisarek back in the minors, and more importantly, if Higgins or Plekanec can't score at this level, we'll be stuck without a productive #2 center at the start of next season.

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