Respect for Mikey (merged)
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08-02-2006, 10:01 AM
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: The Wild West
There just doesn't seem to be any middle ground with Ribeiro. Those that don't like his style of play bash him like he is the worst player in the league. Those on the other side of the argument try to inflate his value to the team to levels beyond reality... calling him one of the hardest working players on the team, for example.
Unless he can benefit from playing with his new Russion linemates and have a breakthrough season, Ribs will settle into the role of a middle of the road player. Too many defenicies to be great and too much skill to be called a journeyman.
If Gainey did view him as a legitimate #2 center, then he wouldn't have tried to sign Arnott and would likely have rewarded Ribs with a multi-year contract.
I will be surprised (happily) if Ribs comes out with an 80 point season this year. I will also be surprised if he totally flops. Right now he is the best alternative we have as a #2 center.
Let's accept his contribution, berate when he slacks off and applaud him when he dazzles.
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