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02-13-2013, 09:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Sorinth View Post
Lapierre had his best season by far with MTL and certainly displays some of the same 'issues' with Vancouver. Ribeiro has also continued to have the same issues but since he's producing it becomes easier to overlook.

Grabovski got us a 2nd which is good value for the player he was.
Latendresse we got decent value for even if in hindsight it didn't work out.

Trading Ribeiro was the right move because we wanted to give a bigger role to Plekanec which was the right decision. The return we got was awful though.
Ribeiro had off ice and issues in the room as well which was a well known fact among NHL front offices. Gainey tried to get a lot more but nobody was biting, so he gambled that Niniimaa would bounce back and he didn't. It's not like he was a nobody.

People quickly forget that he had 319 NHL points in 741 games including 41, 43 and 44 point seasons in Edmonton, plus he was only 31 at the time. Not sure why his career disintergrated in 2 years.

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