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I don't expect much from Ribs. I've been hoping he'd do better year after year and he hasn't really improved much.

If he doesn't improve this year I don't see Gainey/Carbs keeping him around.

I hope he does well this season, I just have my doubts.

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I'm not the biggest fan, but I do give him all the credit in the world right now as he seems to have taken some positive steps to improve. He didn't have to take those skating lessons but he did, he's gained some weight from what I'm hearing and it wouldn't surprise me if he got back to his 2003-04 season shape... I'm pulling for him because ultimately, it would help the team!

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Let me be the first to say something positive about Ribs (which is saying a lot, because he isnt really one of my favorites!).

Last season, when Gainey took over, Mike Ribiero went immediately into the doghouse. He got 3rd & 4th line duties & was essentially told "you may not be a power forward, but we also dont want you floating out there"

I remember seeing him here in Calgary - he might have registered the most hits of any habs that game, believe it or not. (The fact the hits didnt do anything is sort of irrelevant).

I am still not sold that Mikey Ribs is what we need at 2nd line centre (although i DO believe a consistent 55-60pt second line centre would garner more than some here believe in a trade). I think by the end of the season we might see someone like Bonk or Pleks in the #2 spot...

...BUT...

for now, I give Mikey props & hope he has a great season. Lets hope that same motivated mikey (from the end of last season) shows up - and not the one we all love (to hate).

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I agree.  I see some maturing but I still wonder.  Needs a little less hotdog in him and a little more team focus.

(This is not player bashing)....

Ribs knows all too well his livelyhood is in serious jeopardy right now, he's got a one year contract. I don't think we will see one iota of difference in his game this year, after training camp, he will fall back to his comfort zone. I hope I'm wrong, but I don't think he can cut it here. It will take one ticked off opponent to plaster him on the boards and put him in his place. There's some serious talent nipping at his heels, and from what I gather not too much interest in him elsewhere (Unless he's part of a fire sale)...

I see lots of doghouse time for him this year, with the young guns getting his spot.

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I'll just add a big "what jedimaas said" to the thread. :D Also, I'm a firm believer in giving every player a clean slate at the start of each season. Never mind Ribeiro's performance last year: when the puck drops on Oct. 6, he's got a whole new season to show us what he can do. Like NBHab, I'm not a big Ribs supporter, but I would love for him to prove me wrong this year.

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Guest crappyleafs

Ok i know I'm part of the gang that is not impressed with little mickey but i will give him a fresh start this season for the sake of the team.. I officially have puy a 25 game mussel on myself towards little mickey. hopping for a better season from him.

Too new beginnings

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Ok i know I'm part of the gang that is not impressed with little mickey but i will give him a fresh start this season for the sake of the team.. I officially have puy a 25 game mussel on myself towards little mickey. hopping for a better season from him.

Too new beginnings

I wish he would look at some old tapes of Henri Richard playing as a little man in a big man's league... he has talent, has worked on his skating and deserves another chance with the right players that can compliment him... let's hope he get's that chance and responds.

bw6

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Guest 60islove

i'm pretty happy with mike these days. however, he still has some maturing to do if he wants to keep his place on the team..i think that this year will be mike's last chance to turn himself around and prove that he actually doesnt have ADD.

xx ppeace..go mike :D

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i believe in giving people a second chance, but he's getting his second chance every season. i'm not his fan. at all. but for the sake of this team, i hope he will have a great season.

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Guest kevinfansdeshabs
i believe in giving people a second chance, but he's getting his second chance every season. i'm not his fan. at all. but for the sake of this team, i hope he will have a great season.

he has two complete season and you says that we gave him a chance every season?

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Guest Goodtown

Have never really been a fan, but this year my hats off to him! Hes coming out and trying to play to his ability this year. Hes also making it harder to get rubbed off the puck, pushed around and bullied this year. Good start Mike, lets see a great year from you!

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Ribs knows all too well his livelyhood is in serious jeopardy right now, he's got a one year contract.

Im still not sure about that. I mean, yes, its a one year contract - but he got a hefty raise - almost double. IMO that means the team cant be that upset with him. Maybe Im wrong, but i really get the feeling Gainey likes ribs...guess we'll never know.

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Im still not sure about that. I mean, yes, its a one year contract - but he got a hefty raise - almost double. IMO that means the team cant be that upset with him.  Maybe Im wrong, but i really get the feeling Gainey likes ribs...guess we'll never know.

Well, consider this. Gainey knows there is potential there, and a kick in the pants usually gets ribs moving for a while. So maybe it's an incentive to see if throwing money at a player will get his butt in gear (Not a good idea imo). That raise made absolutely no sense otherwise. The guy has a massive ego, you just have to see him to notice that. Maybe stroking the ego might get him going? I don't know, wierd none the less.

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Well, consider this.  Gainey knows there is potential there,  and a kick in the pants usually gets ribs moving for a while.  So maybe it's an incentive to see if throwing money at a player will get his butt in gear (Not a good idea imo).  That raise made absolutely no sense otherwise. The guy has a massive ego, you just have to see him to notice that.  Maybe stroking the ego might get him going? I don't know,  wierd none the less.

Tough to say for sure. Its probably the contract i was most surprised at. Then again you can look at things from every angle. For example: if gainey gave him a small contract and put him on the 4th line..what's he worth? He gives him a more 'reasonable' contract...puts him with 2 great wingers...in a few months his trade value is at an all time high.

Who knows what the plan is. Either way, I wish him well & hope he does the CH proud :D

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I'm curious to see what Ribeiro would do with a hard-skating, speedy, goal-crashing forward on his line. He may be able to put up big points with Kovalev and Samsonov, but the line could struggle, as it may be too fancy for it's own good. They'll create space for one another, but with vision like Ribeiro's, it could easily be used for a guy like Latendresse, who will create space for Ribeiro and take physical heat off him. Guys like Latendresse, Higgins, etc. could be the solution for Ribeiro; they skate hard and fast in bursts and can break into open areas very easily. One of Ribeiro's top talents is being able to hit the man in the open space with the puck.

Remember the Ribeiro-Ryder tandem back when Ryder wasn't injured and didn't seem as sluggish in his skating (04-05)?

I personally don't think Ribeiro needs 2 players on his line that will skate around and look for someone to dump the puck off to; one would be great, but I'd like to see a real physical, dirty-nosed, forward out there to complement Ribeiro and whoever the other winger would be (be it Kovalev or Samsonov).

However, it looks like the season will start with Kovalev and Samsonov on Ribeiro's wings. I'm more than willing to give that a shot for a while, give them some time to adapt and then see what they can do.

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Guest hersky77

give this guy a chance, hes worked hard all summer to get back into gme shape. He went to power-skating for g-d sakes, he looked alot better in preseaon than he looked all of last year.

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Guest f30marco
Care to explain, as it seems like a free shot with no reasonning behind it? :D

i think he will either regain his status on our team as good offensive player or be traded, all deppends on his play this year. personnaly i think he will not produce enough to expectations and will be shipped out but habs sake i hope he has a great year and stays!

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