Ribeiro traded!

Team 1200 has just reported that the Habs have traded Mike Ribiero and a 6th round pick in 2007 to the Stars for Janne Niinimaa and a 5th round pick in 2008.

Ribeiro will probably be best remembered for rolling on the ice in the playoffs against the Bruins, and then being on the ice minutes later. The Ribeiro trade completes the not so secret plan of Gainey to house-clean the players in Montreal that like the bars better then the ice, and their hair more then the crest. Ribeiro will probably not be missed by Habs fans.

Niinimaa is a solid stay at home D-man, who is a great team player. Not the fastest player, but a good PK guy and will sacrfice his body for the team. The Habs needed D depth after acquiring Traverse, and is the obvious sore point of the team.

182 Responses to Ribeiro traded!

  1. my_sphincter says:

    Souray – 39 points
    Gill – 10 points

    gill won’t be golfing in april???

    Seems to me that alot of people said that last year about the Leafs.

  2. my_sphincter says:


    This is the most ridiculous statement ever! Tucker sucked when he played for the Habs and he still sucks. Just because he got alot of garbage PP points last year does not make him a star. Samsonov could get between 70 – 80 points this year playing with Kovalev who could do the same (who had almost a point per game last year playing on a bad knee). Ryder could also break 70 points this year and Koivu will have at least 60. So please tell me how the bums that the Leafs have up front are better than the Habs. Other than Sundin, the Leafs are pretty offensive offensively.

    As for D, with the addition of Niinimaa, the Habs have bolstered their D at a much lower cost than the Leafs. The Leafs have Kaberle (who is great offensively and defensively), McCabe (a pilon with a shot), Kubina (good defensively), and Gill (terrible on offence and defence), and Colaiacovo (young guy with potential). The Habs have Markov (who is great offensively and defensively), Souray (a pilon with a shot), Niinimaa (good defensively), and Komisarek (young guy with potential).

    Seems to me that the D’s are quite similar. Do the top D on TO have more pointe than the top Habs D? Sure… But the 4th, 5th, 6th Habs D has more points and much more experience than TO.

    As for Higgins, he was one of the top scorers in the league after the All-Star break when they put him on the first line. And look at the shorthanded VS PP opportunities and you’ll see that Leafs spent much more of their time on PP and less time SH than the Habs — could account for the increased scoring. Even strength, the Leafs couldn’t score. The Habs have also bolstered their offense adding Samsonov and Johnson.

    Next time you want to make stupid comments, you should research them a little.

  3. ECWHSWI says:

    Ribeiro’s upside… hope you’re not talking about hitting, skating, winning face-off or scoring…

  4. my_sphincter says:

    Granted Niinimaa had a bad year last year. But look at the stats…

    In his last NHL season before the lockout, he was +12 with 28 points — not bad for a guy playing for NYI.

    During the lockout, he was +12 with 16 points in 36 games — still not bad.

    Last year, in an injury ridden season, he did poorly. All in all though, seems to me that Niinimaa is a pretty good pickup.

  5. kamullia says:

    His lockout statistics are quite meaningless as far as Niinimaa goes. The fact is that Niinimaa has been inconsistent for a while. Even in the lockout he was a plus in Finland, but a minus in Sweden. To top it off, Niinimaa has always been an offensive defenseman, and his PPG production in the NHL has taken a systematical dive every year since he left Edmonton:

      2001-02 – 0.54 PPG

      2002-03 – 0.45 PPG

      2003-04 – 0.34 PPG

      2005-06 – 0.25 PPG

    The Habs got someone to plug-in while Bouillon recovers, but once he is back, Niinimaa will probably be nothing but depth. And if he is more than that and no one can show they are a better defender, the Habs are in serious trouble to have to depend on him.

  6. habs_punk says:

    Oh god, that’s why I led with, “I know you can’t accurately predict how many points a player woudl have gotten based on 26 games”. Hell, tons of players production drops off once the playoffs come around, especially young players who aren’t used to playing 82 games in a season, let alone playoffs on top of that. And the only way Steen or Wellwood get more points than Samsonov is if Samsonov misses significant time due to injury or has absolutely no chemistry with his linemates.

  7. habs_punk says:

    You just proved his point. Torontonians are so convinced that they live in the best city in the world. That’s why there are constant comparisons to Americans, who generally seem to think they live in the best country in the world. The UN says Canada is the best country to live in, the Americans say “***** the UN”. And don’t try to tell me I’m insulting all Americans by saying this. This is how nearly the entire world outside of the US (and Mexico) thinks of Americans.

  8. habs_punk says:

    I wouldn’t say having Niinimaa as a number 6 defenseman is something to complain about. He’d probably be the best number 6 defenseman in the league. Of course he’s much more likely to be the number 4 defenseman. I’m not worried at all about our defense now with this trade. We obviously don’t have the best defense in the league, but we do have one of the top defensmen in the league in Markov. After that there is a large group of serviceable defensemen. Souray, Rivet, Niinimaa, Komisarek, Bouillon, Dandenault, Streit, Cote. Traverse being our 10th defensemen isn’t bad either. He’s not a good defenseman by any stretch of the imagination, but to have someone with his NHL experience as your number 10 guy isn’t something to complain about. And if Jancevski catches fire in Hamilton, he’s another solid body to throw in the mix. Montreal has excellent depth at defense. Hell, with a fully healthy lineup, Dandenault could easily be our number 7.

  9. 92-93 says:

    wow, even on your own thread – dedicated to the candiens – you are still obsessed with the leafs and their fans.

    you are very very pathetic.

    of course Gill is a plyon.

    of course Riberio is a diver and pathetic. are you finally going to admit that now that he is NOT a member of the Habs?? the same rules apply to you moron.

  10. 92-93 says:

    note to HTR users: one thing you can always count on when clicking on a 24cupsandcounting comment, the leafs will always be mentioned. he is obssessed.

  11. 92-93 says:

    well obviously the leafs can deal sundin if another solid forward is coming the other way or if the draft pick is a top-5 or top-10.

    i dont want to see mats gone that is for sure because they dont have the depth. but remember, the leafs are not supposed to win the cup this year. Modano would be a useless acquisition considering the depth the leafs have for 2nd-4th line centres. they need a top-line winger.

    Raycroft is good down low on shots but cant handle the shots to the top part of the net. but i am not judging him on his preseason performance. we’ll see what the season brings.

    either way, i would have rather seen Pogge go than Rask.

  12. my_sphincter says:

    I wouldn’t worry about a -2 in Sweeden. It’s a -2 for christs sake! Not -20 or -10… -2.

    While Niinimaa’s PPG has clearly declined, he is a solid D man. Is he a #1 or 2 guy? No… But in the 4th to 7th spot, he’ll be above average.

    I do, however think that they could have gotten more for Ribs.

  13. Samurai says:

    That’s crap. I great leader chops the heads off those who deserve it at the time that they DO deserve it – that’s why it’s called Leadership. They rally the team and foster a Great work ethic. But if someone steps that far out of line… Koivu does some of this but not consistently – Can you imagine what Mark Messier would have done with Riberio at the time? Would have loved to have seen that…

  14. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    Samsonov got 53 points playing with Thornton and Murray, I don’t see him doing better with Kovalav and whoeverplays 2nd line center. Wellwood especially, with great chemistry with Captain Mats Sundin, will get 50+

  15. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    bottom 3 defencemen need to defend, something neither Souray, nor Gill can do.

  16. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    C’mon, you’ve got to be kidding. Nobody on the Habs got more goals and Points than Tucker. He’s played with a lot more energy in the new NHL than before. If you watc the leafs pp, you’d know that if all 5 guys werent forechecking like crazy, the leafs wouldn’t score. Tuckers got more grit than anyone on the habs roster. I’ve said it a million times, if Samson couldn’t get 60 points with Thonton, and Murray, he won’t get 60 with Kovalev and whatever guy plays 2nd line center. Kaberle is better than Markov, McCabe owns a better shot than Souray, and can play good defence, but never puts effort into it. Kubina is miles ahead of Niinima. Komisarek, Rivet, and Boulion are a blue chip otom 3 whereas Gill, Colaiacovo, and White have potential to be great, but are risky. If the leafs had more pp time and less SH time, its because we drew more penalties and took less. its part of the game not dumb luck.
    Samsonov and Johnson = Zednik and Bulis
    look at the stats and you’ll see Im right.
    if you actualy do research this time.

  17. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    oh yeah, he’d be the best 6th dfenceman in the league no question, but don’t expect 40-50 points (like in edmonton) out of this guy. The habs definetly need to hang on to Markov.

  18. kamullia says:

    I respect your opinion, but I disagree and only time will tell.

    By the way, that -2 in Sweden was in 10 games. He did not play a full season. At that rate, for a 50 game schedule, which is the norm in Sweden, that turns into a -10 plus/minus rating.

    We at least agree on the lower return for Ribeiro.

  19. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    The UN also syas Toronto is the most Multicultral City in the world, Mississauga second, Brampton third. patriotism aint a sin.

  20. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    The UN also syas Toronto is the most Multicultral City in the world, Mississauga second, Brampton third. patriotism aint a sin.

  21. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    The UN also syas Toronto is the most Multicultral City in the world, Mississauga second, Brampton third. patriotism aint a sin.

  22. lynchmob540 says:

    He might be obsessed, but he’s RIGHT….the LEAFS SUCK!!

  23. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    pathetic, notice neither me nor 92-93 ever say useless insults like that, but half the hab fans on this cite do it…

  24. I_hate_LA says:

    I think you’re a retard…no offense.

  25. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    you’re an idiot,
    do take offence

  26. mojo19 says:

    Lehtinen – Modanno – Jokinen
    Morrow – Lindros – Halpern (*I heard this might be an actual line)
    Hagman – Ribeiro – Barnes
    Barnaby – Stefan – Ott

    Zubov – Sydor
    Boucher – Modry
    Robidas – Klemm


  27. mojo19 says:

    Montreal is a better party city in my opinion. Toronto is a great city though, people from Montreal attack Toronto a lot more than Toronto attacks montreal.

    Why? i don’t know, Maybe because Toronto is a lot bigger and its the little brother syndrome. Same reason people from Canada are obsessed with the USA, always comparing ourselves to the States, meanwhile in the US, they don’t give a shit about Canada. The rest of Canada Says Toronto is ignorant, but I think theres some jelousy involved too.

  28. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    yeah, thats true. people think canada’s a grea country because ere o ood compared to the sates (which is not true!),but countries like Sweeden, and Australia are better countries in terms of crime, and unemployment and stuff like that.

  29. LuckyLuc98 says:

    Shove it leafs fans… good job you just lost your season openner.. i ‘m gonna lauuuughhhhh when you guys are bottom feaders

  30. mojo19 says:

    Of course you are. You’re from montreal, therefore, you are living in the shadow of, and are obsessed with TORONTO.

  31. LuckyLuc98 says:

    Obessed with your failure, yea you got that right, it isn’t called a rivalry for nothing… anyways good luck t you guys this year, right now as i’m watching you guys are winning 2-0. against the sens .. not bad!

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