I'm not a fan of this deal. I've liked Niinimaa in the past, but based on his recent years, he is not good enough to crack Montreal's top six.
Further, I see Ribeiro as being a consistent 55-65 point producer. I don't see a replacement for him in the Montreal system right now. Yes, I like Plekanec more. But Koivu does get injured. When he gets injured, Plekanec can step into Koivu's role, but then who's the second line C? Bonk? I don't like it.
Niinimaa's overpaid and doesn't offer Montreal much at the moment.
Montreal dealt from a position of weakness for a position of relative weakness due to injuries.
On the bright side, this means Perezhogin, Latendresse and Garth Murray can be playing right now.
Or, we'll see Kostitsyn back up. But I like to think Murray's earned his spot on this team.
I think Niinimaa with his experience and his friendship with Koivu will be a good adition for the locker room. I remember Niinimaa was well appreciated by his teamates during his time in Edmonton, because he's a funny guy who makes a lot of jokes. I think it will works well for him over here.
it's more like 500k, alot of you hate ribero so getting rid of him is a positive, but trust me, there are few players who are lazier then ribero but you guys managed to get one of them. Dallas fans are jumping for joy as well for getting rid of niinima... that should tell you how much each teams fans hate them.