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10-13-2006, 11:51 AM
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Originally Posted by expos4ever View Post

first of all, "the ballots" won't be counted until AFTER Mr. Ribeiro retires - that is, we can't value the trade on the performance during a single season when the traded players have 5 years age difference (Ribs ~26, Niini ~31)! There's a long way to go yet... Who knows, Ribs could still blossom!

Also, Niinimaa has had some major repairs on his ankle this summer (a lot of hardware needed) - that is probably part of the reason he was available. This was a calculated risk that could go either way for Gainey.

vis-a-vis his ice time... this is a veteran ex all-star player. He should get top 4 ice-time if he plays at least reasonably well.
Has ribs even cracked the lineup yet?

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