We got what we could for what Ribeiro was worth at that time! Ribeiro needed a fresh start with a new team and he got it, nobody knew he would turn out to be a decent hockey player....cuz he sure didn't show it in Montreal!
Well, I have to admit that I was glad to see him go. And I never thought he'd bring it when it mattered (i.e., in the playoffs), so I'm pretty surprised. Well, good for him I guess. Looks like the trade was a great thing. We have no idea if he would have developed the same way in this organization though. Anyways, Ribs is the past, let's look to the future!
I guess I'm glad Ribeiro has turned into quite a player. No reason to wish bad fortune to him. How things would have developed here is a question we can't answer. I suspect that being moved had something to do with the guy taking some things more seriously. I didn't think he had it in him, so good for him.
There's no question the trade woke him up. I heard him saythat he really changed his approach to off-ice and off-season training.
He was a bit of a project for Dallas that worked out. It was maybe a coin-toss as to whether he'd wake up and get stronger and more determined or simply plateau as a one-dimensional 40-50 point guy who could only take up space among the top six. At the time, his value was limited.
I repeat...I do not think he would ever have become this good in Montreal. Not because he didn't have the talent, just because of the mentality he had while he was here. He never had to train hard, he was very popular, everybody knew him...he basically thought he was king in Montreal and enjoyed it way too much.
Rewind to the start of the 2006-2007 season, he's shipped off to Dallas and he is a big NOBODY over there. He matures and becomes a PROFESSIONAL and we are seeing the results today. He had too many bad influences in Montreal to become the professional he is today...
That trade woke him up. He was always good, but now he's gotten rid of his attitude.
He got benched late last year with Dallas. Tippett made a comment about them not needing soft, perimeter offense, can't remember the exact context. I wonder if that sort of turned a light on, with him. He plays a different game now, more apt to battle for loose pucks. He plays with Morrow too, who sets a tremendous example regarding work ethic.