A Trade for a 2nd Line Centre that keeps our Salary the same...
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07-27-2006, 08:57 AM
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I'd rather have none of them, expect maybe Mike York, though he is expensive but has speed to burn, and plays many different facets of the game (e.g. kills penalties).
Instead of comparing Ribs to others, because I am sure I could find players, just like you, that I would prefer to have, analyze his game. Ribs is slow, small, does not play physical, is poor defensively and horrible on face-offs. Yes, he has great vision and playmaking ability but his weaknesses prevent him from executing on a consistent basis. And we know he has consistency issues. Plus, his playoff performances to date have been weak. Ribs is on the team to provide offense and when he doesn't, for the lack of a better word, he is useless.
This has nothing to do with who I want in his place, it has everything to do with whether I think Ribs can do the job and whether I think he is worth the money. At this point, I don't. Considering he is the Habs #2 centre, I would be ecstatic if he proves me wrong this season, and I hope he does, but as of today, based on what I have seen in his career, it does concern me that the Habs have him as the #2 centre.
I understand your points.
Maybe I'm delusional in thinking that we'll see a greatly improved Ribeiro this year but I really believe in Carbonneau making him a better player.
What I saw from Ribeiro at season's end, I liked.
He seemed to have a better work ethic... Hell, he went in corners and actually hit people.... Didn't crush anyone with those hits but he still went in there...
Power skating and one of them Kovalev training tapes and he should be good to start next season strong... lol
His face off performances were a lot better in the playoffs (close to 50%) and with Carbonneau and Muller behind the bench, I expect all Montreal centers to become much more efficient in the circle.
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