Monday, December 24, 2007

The Morning Skate for Monday, December 24

Bullet points for what you missed while having nightmares of being Leclaired in Dallas...
  • Team B (Bleh...) shows up in Dallas and gets a nice spanking.
  • I dump Patrick Elias in my pool; he responds with an OT winner against the Flames.
  • Some Christmas cheer can come in the form of a season ending injury for eye gouger Justin Williams.
  • A faint cry was heard in HF29's neck of the woods. Witnesses have said it sounded like a grown man sobbing. More later today.
  • One more to go...

The NHL pauses for the Christmas break. That guarantees the Habs won't lose in the next 2 days. In the meantime, I have to go find HF29 and make sure he doesn't decapitate himself with a do-it-yourself decapitation kit.


Matt said...

I hope Bob was watching this one close. A great display of how bad a trade Ribeiro for Niinimaa was. Ribeiro will lead the Stars in scoring this year, and where is Niinimaa....? He's off playing in the Swiss league while getting fat on cheese and chocolate........

So basically we gave Dallas their leading scorer for nothing. So Bob, did you owe someone in Dallas a favour?? Looking at our team right now, do you think we could use another 55-65 point producer?

In Bob we trust................BS.

fezworth said...

It hurts matt, I know it does. However, keep in mind that 55-65 points on a balanced team like Dallas doesn't equal 55-65 on a small, skillful, (sometimes) fast team like Montreal. Mickey Ribs DID have a lot of baggage in MTL, being a native son and all that. In Dallas, all he has to worry about is playing hockey. No free lap dances, no crazy fans to worry about, just his job.

In addition, you know if he were still here, you wouldn't be crowing about his point production. We'd all be dumping on him from a great height for him being so easy to knock of the puck, wondering why Bob doesn't trade him for Vinnie.

I'm not trying to say that the Ribeiro-Niinimaa trade was a good one. The numbers speak for themselves. All I'm pointing out is that you can't examine the numbers in a vacuum. There are a multitude of other factors in there.

I personally think that if Ribs had stayed, he would have stunk the joint out on a regular basis.

Matt said...

I don't know. I am not convinced that he would have stunk the joint out. Everyone said he had a terrible year in his last full season with the Habs. He had 51 points that year, which is more than Kovy had last year, and more than most of the players on our team can hope for.
I understand that you are not just talking about points. People call it an addition by subtraction trade. But still, I don't see how this team has gotten any better since he left, so where is the addition? I am not saying that Ribeiro is the star we need to turn this team around, but I think he still could have been useful to the Habs. At least, a lot more useful than Niinimaa.