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07-31-2006, 01:07 PM
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Originally Posted by toshiro View Post
What would Ribiero have to do to gain the average fan's respect (he already seems to have Bobs)? Will an 80 point season and a decent playoff be enough?
A 65-70 point season, a postive +/- and a slightly improved two way play (work ethic) would be more than enough for me. I think he can do it.

As for Bob's respect, I would hestitate on that one. Ribs got a one year contract at a level that will give the Habs a 2nd round draft choice if he signed by another team next year.

That extra year gives Gainey a chance to evaluate Chipchura, Grabovsky and Aubin. Don't forget, the Habs will have to free up significant cap room next year to accommodate at least two of Markov, Rivet and Souray. Plekanec and Higgins will likely be in for raises. It isn't all going to come from Aebischer and Bonk.

I would say Ribs is still on the bubble.

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