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05-13-2006, 02:55 PM
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Impossible to predict our next line-up! So much changes might occur this summer...
I strongly think Gainey doesnt plan to resign Ribeiro.. Both Kostitsyn and Grabovski could make the jump, Ferland, Coté have strong chances, Lapierre good chances, Latendresse few. still very young.
I disagree. I think Gainey will sign him and trade him opportunely (preferably to a team that isn't competing with the Habs) or else trade his RFA rights between June 23 and July 1 without signing him. Ribeiro isn't one of my favorites but he isn't totally worthless. I don't think the Habs should release him outright because he might sign with a rival in the same conference who could find a use for him.
As for bringing up prospects, Lapierre is the only center who could make the jump, and he isn't offensively gifted. Ribeiro's replacement (if any) would come in the form of a trade ort free agency.
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