Talk of Ribeiro trades

In talking to people today, the Stars are indeed trying to move Mike Ribeiro.

They believe that if the Stars want to improve the team, they need to open up space in the budget (Ribeiro makes $5 million a year for the next three years) to acquire a defenseman, and they believe the Stars have replacements at center with Jamie Benn and Tom Wandell.
So the shopping is being done.

I’m not sure what the market is for Ribeiro right now. Ideally, the Stars would probably just take a draft pick or prospects and then choose how they want to use the $5 million a year on a defenseman. However, they might have to take a defenseman back if that’s what the trade partner wants.

I’m not sure the Stars are that excited about Edmonton’s Sheldon Souray because of his injury history and age (33). I’ve actually heard they like Tom Gilbert, who is under contract for four more years at $4 million a year, but is only 27. I’m not sure Edmonton is that excited about Ribeiro because of his lack of size (they already are perceived as a small, soft team).

33 Responses to Talk of Ribeiro trades

  1. Steve362 says:

    let the Kaberle for Ribero rumors begin

  2. reinjosh says:

    Thank goodness Burke is playing the Kaberle trade chip real well right now. As much as I hope Kaberle gets traded, it would be worse to have him traded for a small package or just first rounders. Neither would end up helping the team more than Kaberle would.

    “There were four offers for Tomas – three we had to talk about and one was an insult,” Burke said before leaving the arena. “Either the offers will improve dramatically and we’ll have something to think about, or we’ll keep the player. It’s not a case of us taking the best offer for Tomas. We’re going to take an offer that meets our standard or we’re going to keep him.”

    The quote says it all.

  3. reinjosh says:

    And Florida continues a huge draft weekend.

    Gudbranson, Bjugstad, Howden and now McFarland. Just a huge two days and they are only at the start of the second round. Plus they have Grabner, Wideman and Bernier too. Added to Kulikov, Ellerby and Markstrom, they are making themselves a pretty damn deep talent wise team.

  4. reinjosh says:

    Brad Ross! One of the guys I wanted in the second round. I wonder what we gave up to get that 2nd rounder.

  5. reinjosh says:

    One more thing. The Sens gave up a lot to get Runblad. This was a guy who fell a ton from last year. So much so that St Louis was actively shopping him at the deadline. St Louis effectively moved up (although in a less deep draft) to get a new player.

  6. reinjosh says:

    And unnamed, unsigned prospect. Hmmm

  7. reinjosh says:

    Apparently he is unnamed because he hasn't been called to be informed. Just another way that Burke respects his players. How you can call this guy a dick is beyond me. He is just classy when dealing with players.

  8. nordiques100 says:

    and lets not forget the charities he STILL has in Anaheim and Vancouver.

    I bet its hayes or ryan going to chicago.

  9. cam7777 says:

    It's most likely Jimmy Hayes, since they drafted his brother.  I have to laugh at all the people who were telling me Hayes wasn't a legitimate throw in to any Leafs deal.  Well, the Bowmans just decided he was worth a fairly high 2nd round pick, and I'd say that's a significant throw in.  Oh that's right, I forgot, draft picks are only valuable before they're selected.  Ugh, so many idiots.

    We also got McKegg, who is absolutely sick reinjosh.  Apparently he has 1st line center, 80 point potential.  Scouts are saying he could have been a top 10 selection, and is potentially the steal of the draft.  He's come out of no where and has won academic awards, leadership awards, most-improved awards, and a ton of other stuff.  He's a very, very mature young man who is apparently worst-case scenario, a Ryan Kesler-esque player.  That's sick.

    I kind of want to trade for Cody Eakin, and have him and Ross come up through the system together.  Ross has some pretty legendary stats to his name already.  The only player in the history of the WHL to score more than 25 goals while receiving more than 200 PIMS.  Ridiculous.  Burke built the base last year with Kenny Ryan and Jamie Devane and Keith Aulie as hard nosed, lower skill guys, and now he's added McKegg and Ross to Jerry D'Amigo and Jesse Blacker, our highly skilled group.

  10. reinjosh says:

    I haven't actually heard of McKegg until a bunch of non-leaf bloggers said he is pretty talented. I'm pretty amped for that. And we just got LA's third too.

    Two years in a row I have called Burke going after a player in the 2nd and he's done it. It's pretty sick because I liked both. Ryan and Ross are sick.

    I was a little disappointed yesterday but honestly I should have expected it. I'm just thrilled we got a 2nd rounder today.

    And yeah, Hayes makes sense seeing as they picked his brother yesterday.

  11. reinjosh says:

    exactly. I actually have a friend whose dad is in charge of the entire media divison of MLSE and knows Burke really well. Apparently this whole demeanor he has isn't him at all, just something he uses for his job. And the way he treats players and acts outside of it really back it up.

  12. cam7777 says:

    Hayes is going to play in the NHL, but he's not going to have that edge that Ross clearly does.  It'll be like the difference between Ryan Callahan and Blake Wheeler.

  13. cam7777 says:

    I've heard that too.  A guy I work with contracts himself to CBC and does a lot of the camera work and electronics, backstage stuff for the Stanley Cup Playoffs and the Grey Cup – he makes a great living doing that.  Anyways, he says he's met Burke a number of times, and whenever you get him behind closed doors he immediately turns off the facade and is a super nice guy.  A real "what can I get for you, how can I help you?" type.

  14. leafmeister says:

    The Bruins drafted Jared Knight which is interesting. I think he really benefited from Kadri this year, and is not worthy of an early 2nd. Kadri carried London's offense, and Knight rode shotgun. Interesting pick.

  15. reinjosh says:

    yeah, thats the same thing this guy said.

  16. reinjosh says:

    Makes sense. What do you think of the Olden pick? I think he has some nice potential being 6 foot 3 andhis numbers are nice. I don't know a ton about him though

  17. leafit2me says:

    I'm a bit confused with DAL picking a goaltender with their 1st pick (11th overall) – Jack Campbell. I would have thought that, with the trade for Kari Lehtonen, they would address their other concern (defense)  and draft a Cam Fowler.

    The Stars have struggled on the blueline since the the departure of Sergei Zubov and Fowler would have been a good replacement to have even if he is 1-2 years away. Guess having depth in goal is not a bad thing….just as Burke. And Campbell is a good young goalie that knows to win.
    In a way I'm happy with their selection because it keeps DAL in the market as a possible destination in a Kaberle deal.

  18. leafmeister says:

    He is skinny. Very skinny. Good height but he only weights 170. He is a project and a half.

  19. leafit2me says:

    PS – I should clarify that I am NOT a fan of the Ribeiro for Kaberle trade.

  20. reinjosh says:

    Campbell really has the ability to be a franchise goalie, so it may have been hard to pass up. Lehtonen may have just been a stop gap measure. The passing of Fowler is interesting but I just don't think he was as good as people were saying. The drop might back me up but who knows.

  21. reinjosh says:

    yeah, he went really high. I guess we will see if it was his skill or Kadri's that got him this high when Kadri leaves the OHL for either the AHL or NHL.

  22. reinjosh says:

    Well Carolina just got Sanguinetti from the Rangers according to Phil Coffey from for a package of picks. Maybe this was why they passed up Fowler for Skinner?

  23. Boston_Bruins says:

    He's still got a great shot and is very gritty. Probably a solid 3rd/4th line projection.

  24. reinjosh says:

    Yeah, not a bad player, I just think he went a little early. But hey, I'm no scout.

  25. cam7777 says:

    Depends how fast he can put on weight.  The numbers on his weight probably aren't accurate.  For example, a more recent weight on Bradly Ross is 183 pounds, taken at the combine, whereas some sites have him at 165 still, and his WHL one from the start of the season has him at 175.  I expect that Olden has probably put on a bit of weight since that reading was done.

    I'm excited about Olden.  He absolutely dominates kids that are 18 and under (22 points in 5 games) and he's PPG with players 1-3 years older than him.  Much like Kulemin, you'll probably see this kid take a year or two to develop overseas and put on muscle mass, but ultimately, we could be looking at a very fast, 6 foot 5, 220 pounder 2-3 years from now, who has very high skill.  Great pick.

    *****ing Detroit stole Pulkkinen from us.  I've long wanted him in the Blue and White, and sources are saying that's why the Leafs traded down from their 4th rounder, since he and Shugg just came off the board.  It's too bad, that would have made this a home run draft for me personally.  I hope Burke can acquire Pulkkinen down the road a bit. 

  26. reinjosh says:

    I was betting thats why Burke traded down and grabbed Mike Brown for Anaheim with that 2nd 5th. It was disappointing to see Pulkkinen go one frigging pick before we could have had him.

  27. leafmeister says:

    Yeah I was pissed about Pulkkinen. Very surprised he made it to the 4th round as well. I have been happy with Ross and McKegg (if nothing else because he has an awesome name), and we will see about Olden.

    Scouts described Ross as a "Darcy Tucker clone", if he could put up 20 goals and 50 points, while causing ruckus on the ice than it will be an excellent pick.

    A Ross-Kadri-Kessel line could be good down the line.

    BTW, could you link me some of those McKegg scouting reports? I am happy with the pick, and I would love to see what scouts are saying about him.

  28. HABSSTAR says:

    I kinda smell BS.  He had three offers he had to talk about but needs the offers to improve dramatically before he thinks about them?  Why would he talk about proposals that he's not even thinking about?   

    Anyhow they don't have to trade him, they could always resign him but I would bet that after the last two years Kaberle doesn't resign with the leafs without an iron tight ntc.  I'm sure he's had enough of this every summer already.


    its Jimmy HAYES..

  30. inurface says:

    hmm ribeiro actually someone i wouldnt mind in to

    how about komisarek for rebeiro straight up…..?


    finger and carpovski?

    if kabby gets in then they give us somethin like a 1st rounder nxt yr atleast.


    Do you honestly think DAL wants Finger and Grabovski??? come on now…



  32. inurface says:

    straight up kabby,,,,,no way

     ribeiro a forward has 3 yrs left and he had 53 points

     worth more then ballard hamhuis …
     49 points on a crappy offense and 1 yr at 4.25mill

    i think i made my point very clear

    dallas wants to get rid of him and kabby is torontos premier defensive asset adv toronto not dallas


    Maybe so, Dallas is not going to take Finger and Grabovski.. Ribeiro had a bad year, but pair him with Kessel and they could make a lethal duo…

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