Can they put Ribeiro on left wing?
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06-12-2006, 07:11 PM
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The simple answer is 'no'. On any of the top four teams this season (ie. the ones that made the conference finals), can anybody name one forward that is as one-dimensional and ineffective as Ribeiro? Moving him to the wing eliminates his face-offs as a problem but it does nothing to solve the problem of finish and grit that this team must address in order to win. IMHO, I do not believe the Habs should waste another second trying to figure out where to put one dimensional players who will never be on a winning team, and should instead focus immediately on finding a replacement.
Murray is just as one-dimensional. So is Komisarek.
As for one-dimensional offense, or "Ribeiro"-type players, Ray Whitney and Sergei Samsonov come to mind. One of them will win the Cup this year.
It's a lame argument anyway. There's no blueprint for winning. You can't say a team will never win because a certain guy is on it. Be more creative. Stephan Lebeau, Denis Savard, Gilbert Dionne and Gary frickin' Leeman were on the team last time they won a Cup. You need different guys who do different things. The offensive PP guy is just as important (if not moreso) than the grinder-Begin guy.
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