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Mike Ribeiro Signs New Contract

  • The Montreal Canadiens have signed controversial Mike Ribeiro to a 1 yr contract.

    70% of Canadiens fans on this site believe Ribeiro should have been traded or tossed aside but the Canadiens management apparently felt he deserved another year.
    Financial terms have not yet been disclosed.

    Ribeiro was in the dog house for much of last year and entertained himself in the press box on several occasions as a healthy scratch. Ribeiro’s numbers were far from impressive but worst was his attitude which has frustrated coaches and management.

    Why keep Ribeiro around? Do the Canadiens think he can turn it around and really perform or is this just a temporary hold until they can deal him?
    Either way the 1 year deal indicates they Habs don’t have much long term confidence in him.

    Michael Ryder has filed for arbitration and the Canadiens just tied up another small piece of the Cap on an underachieving undersized attitude problem.

  1. #1 Jack says:
    July 6, 2006 at 3:22 pm

    Sounds like a very poor move on Gainey’s part, what’s he up to? One scenario: Ribs wants to stay in Montreal and takes less than he might otherwise be worth to stay here. That makes him MUCH better trade bait!! Otherwise, I simply cannot figure it out — it’s not as if he contributed.

  2. #2 Walawala says:
    July 6, 2006 at 3:34 pm

    As you say, it might be that Ribeiro really wanted to stay and lowered his price. Every year the canadiens have trouble finding out what to do with the Ribeiro case. For a guy who had 70 point the season before the last and who (despite behaviour problems) has shown some fast talent, it may be an ok deal short term. He is unpredictable enough and may have a good season. Otherwise, he can be traded before february.


  4. #4 JEra says:
    July 6, 2006 at 4:53 pm

    I thought that Ribeiro was a goner. I guess this is his last chance in Montreal. If he doesn’t perform, he will be condemned to having to listen to the retarded US national anthom before every game.

  5. Bad,bad mistake on Gainey’s part, in resigning Ribeiro! He’s a cancer in the locker room! His attitude will spread amongst other canadien players, and cause alot of dissention in the locker room. What is Gainey thinking? If we were going to trade him, he wouldn’t have been resigned. MISSED THE BOAT AGAIN! All the other teams are getting stronger, and we’re getting weaker!This season is a loss!

  6. UPDATE: $1.9 Million

    I think that’s a little high for what he is right now.

    If Ribeiro is worth nearly 2 mill Michael Ryder must be worth 4.

  7. #7 Alestar says:
    July 6, 2006 at 7:25 pm

    Nobody wants to play in Montreal…Gainey’s just happy to have some warm bodies to fill out the line up.

    Ribero has some talent, if he would just grow up and start to use it, Gainey could look like a genius.

    A trade would be interesting, get a proven scorer (Simon Gagne would look real nice in a Habs jersey…), but I don’t think any GMs out there really want the Mickey Ribs from last season.

    That’s just what I think…

  8. #8 Krazy says:
    July 6, 2006 at 7:57 pm

    As an American Habs fan I resent the “retarded US national anthem” remark… for Ribeiro…He will be gone.

  9. #9 Borg9 says:
    July 6, 2006 at 8:31 pm

    I can’t stomach Ribeiro either, and 1.9 mil is way too much for this flakey flake of a flakester, but.. I believe Gainey is buying a bit more time on Ribeiro. It’s not like Gainey doesn’t have the cap room to experiment with this after the dead FA period. Ribeiro has to realize this is his last shot as a second line centre, doesn’t he? The Dorkinator does show flashes of amazing potential from time to time and does display a good sense of creativity on some rushes. I just hope the guy puts it all together for one season, or at least a half season and they get something for him. You can’t afford to just develop talent and then cast it off for nothing, so I have to believe Gainey is buying a bit more time before he has to make a decision. That’s the only thing that makes sense to me..

  10. #10 whotfru says:
    July 6, 2006 at 8:37 pm

    I believe that Bob knows more than I do about what options the Canadiens have in building a team. I dont understand the signing. It would be interesting to have Bob explain to the media what is going on with the Free Agency market and the habs

  11. #11 Habs#1 says:
    July 6, 2006 at 10:36 pm

    Boy did Bobby really blow it this time. Ribeiro says he’s trying to mature but I don’t buy it. Gainey only brought him back as an insurance policy in cas Koivu dosen’t come back I think.

  12. #12 Justin says:
    July 6, 2006 at 11:18 pm

    It has been announced that the Canadiens have signed forward Mikhail Grabovsky from Dynamo Moscow. Link:

  13. I have a better trade for the Canadiens. let’s trade Bob Gainey For Kevin Lowe or Brian Burke! Wow! What a great mastermind of a GM we would have!For the Canadiens-no news is bad news!

  14. #14 Bullsmith says:
    July 6, 2006 at 11:47 pm

    I’ve got to admit close to 2 mil is high, but there seems to be serious salary inflation going around. That said, signing Ribiero for a year at two mil is no lose for the habs. The fact is he’s gifted on the power play and is one of the only second unit guys who can move up if a key first unit guy goes down to injury. That said, if he gets hot he’s trade bait and if he puts in another year like last year, he’s probably moving to Colorado.

  15. #15 Bullsmith says:
    July 7, 2006 at 12:03 am

    A general comment,

    Most big free agent signings are busts. For every Pronger to Edmonton there are multiple Gonchars. And Edmonton still only got one year. When Gainey brought Hull to Dallas, he was roundly criticized and yet it was Hull’s ugly goal that won that team the cup. Indeed I would say it’s hard to argue that Gainey isn’t the single most important factor in the transition from perma-loser North Stars to playoff-fixture Stars.

    In terms of legitimate top prospects, the franchise is twice as deep as it has been in a decade, and is now producing new talent like only a few other clubs. Especially in a salary-cap world, the best teams know how to build from within first and hire elite talent second. We have one player going to arbitration, and no kidding Ryder wants a big raise, but I don’t think arbitrarion is going to break the bank. He’s a great finisher with, so far, a one-dimensional game any team would be happy to pay for. But he’s going into his third season and he makes very little impact on the game unless he’s got the puck. My guess is 3 mil, 3.5 for a multi-year.

  16. #16 Justin says:
    July 7, 2006 at 1:10 am

    Lol BullSmith, send all the failures to Colorado!

  17. #17 HabsFan says:
    July 7, 2006 at 1:12 am

    I honestly think that the move Gainey did with Ribeiro was smart.

    1. He can now use Ribeiro for a trade

    2. Ribeiro is actually a very talented player, all he needs to work on now is shooting more

    3. He had 50+ points last season..with only one goal less then Koivu.

    4. He also had the 3rd most power play goals on our team last season and he is still a young player with more to learn. I think if Gainey keeps him for next season he will be a strong player on our team , and will do well .


  18. Source : Mix 99.7 FM Radio Station

    The Montreal submit a 5 years / 25 Millions dollars offer to Simon Gagne.

    The Habs will have to give in compensation to the Philadelphia Flyers : Two First Round draft choice, One Second Round Draft Choice and One Third Round Draft Choice.

    Over 5 millions per years, it cost 4 FIRST Rounders…

  19. #19 Phil says:
    July 7, 2006 at 8:42 am

    Hey guys. I’ve never seen such negativity towards any GM. First off, remember we are all Montreal fans. Second, Gainey’s on the right track. He’s not going to trade a player that has little value and get nothing in return. The upside on Riberio is that he had a bad year last year. I believe that he will score more than 20 goals this year. And don’t forget we were a high-stick away from putting out the championship team. They themselves admit that “we” were the toughest opponent they faced. I remember years ago when GM Sevard was forced to trade a couple of players to Philidelphila because the fans were screaming for it. All these know-it-alls and what happened? We got our butts kicked by these two players every game we played them. Gainey is not going to be bullied. He will take his time and build this team, which by the way is one of the youngest teams in the NHL. He will sign Ryder. He will sign Higgins. He will make the appropriate trades. Right now there’s nothing he can do with Aebischer but I believe he is a good goaltender and under the pressure of Montreal he did start slow. But he’s not a flash-in-the-pan and he is a quality back-up for now. Be patient. Watch what Gainey has to do.

  20. #20 Alestar says:
    July 7, 2006 at 12:11 pm

    From Justin: “It has been announced that the Canadiens have signed forward Mikhail Grabovsky from Dynamo Moscow.”

    Clicked on the link:

    “…with his lack of size (5-11, 180) and ineffectiveness in physical play as his primary shortcomings.”

    A trade must be in the works…this guy could be Ribero’s replacement!

  21. #21 Justin says:
    July 7, 2006 at 12:54 pm

    LOL Alestar

  22. All you Gainey lovers think all is fine in habs land. It’s not! What if We don’t sign or trade a single player? what then? Do hab fans want to see boring, non scoring players like Bonk, or Zednik, (with their non finish rushes), for another year, honestly? Bonk is a very expensive player, who can’t score! We don’t need him! Package him and Zednik, for Lecavalier. Trade Souray for a defenceman, who won’t be deked out of his skates(remember Spezza’s goal), and can leave his marital problems off the ice.If we get rid of Bonk and Zednik, much more cap room. In December, when teams start to fade, and drop salaries, pluck their talent, at bargain discount prices. A trade is imminent for the habs. I’m sure of it, simply because Gainey knows he has holes on offence and defence, which must be addressed, or we’ll be out of the playoff hunt come December! Give us something to cheer about! What about Bob?

  23. One problem canadiac,
    If we get rid of all these players who’s gonna play for us?
    It seems like nobody wants to play in Montreal. All these rumors and nothings happening.

  24. #24 NHL nut says:
    July 7, 2006 at 9:41 pm

    Bob Gainey signed Mikhail Grabovsky already. He is a very talented left winger. In his last 73 games he scored 33 times and had 38 assists. That is 71 points!

    There are rumours about negotiations concerning Sykora, Tom Poti, and Simon Gagne.
    Be patient.

  25. #25 10Guy10 says:
    July 7, 2006 at 9:52 pm

    Did anyone ever think that if we don’t want Ribeiro, Bonk, Zednik, Bulis, Sundstrom or whtever other players names have been thrown around out here, Maybe nobody else wants them either. With what we have to offer as trade bait Gainey’s job is anything but easy. I am sure Gainey would trade Ribeiro, Zednik, and Souray in a second for a player of Lecavliers talent but do you honestly think Tamps Bay is really that stupid. Give Gainey a break, he can only do so much with the cards he has been dealt.

  26. #26 Jack says:
    July 8, 2006 at 11:46 am

    I agree we should lay off Gainey. That goes for Souray as well. I don’t think that all the negativity going around (just because 10 days into free agent season nothing happened) will attract anyone to Montreal. Gainey is one of the top GMs in the league. Souray is a 1st class defenseman, one of the best we’ve had for years, who’s had a hellava time adjusting to the ‘New NHL’: but I’d rather have him than most other NHL defensemen (Pronger can go to Disneyland, we know hockey here!).
    I can see a real contender of the future being built, lots of young talent and a few excellent veterans for strong balance. Yes, there are major gaps: but don’t you guys think that with his many years playing, managing (and now coaching) experience, Gainey doesn’t know that too!!!??? Signing Ribs is a shock, but for according to the many rationalisations being thrown out there, there are several possible logical explanations.
    Apart from a few cynics, most appear convinced that this is a team that(for the first time in DECADES) is building a champion for the future, maybe not for tomorrow, but certainly 2-3 years down the line… with some great hockey in between.
    That said, it would be great to see a solid 40-50 goal scorer on a first line with Kovalev (Higgins, Ryder and Koivu are an excellent 2nd line, one of the best in the league). Where that leaves the $1.9 million dollar gangsta man, I just don’t know…

  27. #27 PACTUM SERVA says:
    July 8, 2006 at 2:16 pm

    jack that is one of the best post i have read in along time.You hit the nail right on the head.

  28. Did someone say get defenseman Tom Poti? Too late! signed with the Islanders!Who’s left? It’s getting old!

  29. #29 DARRELL says:
    July 8, 2006 at 6:31 pm

    I think that McRibs has had enough chances. If his play doesn’t improve in big strides during the pre-season games, sent him to Hamilton not the press box. If he is left there until christmas or so , it just might be a wakeup call that he needs.

  30. #30 Habs#1 says:
    July 8, 2006 at 7:37 pm

    The reason Gainey probably hasn’t overspent on free agents is that the salary cap probably won’t go up next season and Rivet, Souray and Markov are ALL UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS at the end of the upcoming season. He wants enough money to re-sign at least Rivet and Markov, who’s has the talent to be one of the top 10 defencemen in the league.

    Although I hate Ribeiro and I think he’s a joke with a terrible self-centered attitude Gainey probably brought him back as an insurance policy in case Koivu dosen’t return.

    We have an absolute ton of prospects coming up on offence and our defence is fine. Huet needs to prove he wasn’t a fluke.

    There will be teams like Philly and New Jersey looking to dump salary and quality players for dirt cheap before and during the season so don’t get your panties in a nought.

    As for all you people that think you can package Bonk and Zednik for a player like Lecavalier, GET YOUR HEAD CHECKED. Bonk will be here till his contract runs out because it’s massive for a player of his calibre and Zednik won’t fetch much on his own.

    Still need a second line centre, that will have to come through a trade.

  31. Habs#1: who are ALL these tons of offensive prospects? Get your head on straight! THERE ARE NONE! Why else do you think we are in this panicked state?Also, our defence is not that great! Check out the type of goals scored on us during the playoffs. We need players, now! Our system of players has dried up! If we had such great players in our system, we would be talking about them, and they probably would be in the NHL by now. I hope you aren’t thinking of Perohzogin, or Latendresse, or Plekanac! How many goals did the 2 of them score? Be realistic! Stop looking thru rose colored glasses! Gainey has never done anything now, or previous years to get free agents. Players don’t want to play here, and only if we are lucky enough to make some trades, will this franchise ever amount to much!This team is mediocre at best!

  32. #32 Habs#1 says:
    July 9, 2006 at 11:40 am

    Canadiac you’re an idiot! The Kotstytsin bros. are going to light it up when they make it full time in the NHL. Alexei Yemelin is going to be a top flight offensive defenceman and Kyle Chipchura is going to be a 20 goal energy player. As for Plakanec and Perezhogin, give them some time! Eric Stall only had 36 points in his rookie season so sit down and shut up! If you were the G.M. of the Habs you probably would have given Shanahan, at 37 years old, a 5 year deal worth 30 million wouldn’t you.

    This team may never get another big name free agent so shut your mouth and let Gainey do his job. How many Stanley Cups have you won as a G.M.?

    And the Defence was our strong point in the playoffs along with Huet, it was the offence that sucked!

  33. #33 Habs#1 says:
    July 9, 2006 at 12:33 pm

    TSN is reporting that Higgins has singed a one year deal and will make just over 600,000.

  34. Habs#1: obviously your mother never explained good manners to you! Don’t ever use that kind of language, you uneducated moron! I am entitled to my opinion, just like you! It’s just that, I am more intelligent, and have more wisdom than you! Don’t make this site ugly!

  35. Some people should not be allowed to be on this website, especially foul mouthed know it all idiots like habs #1! grow up and wash out your mouth!

  36. I agree with some of your comments, HABS #1, but cool it a little bit on the rhetoric, and language. After all, we all want whats best for the habs, and we all want them to do well. Let’s see what happens over the next few weeks. It’s just not worth getting so heated up , right?

  37. Apology accepted. Habs#1. I do love the Montreal Canadiens, for many years, goimg back to the 70’s, and I have tried to make comparisons, which isn’t fair, because nothing will compare to those teams! They were magnificent! You will never see a hockey team, with such great talent, the Habs of that era had!That’s why it’s hard to accept mediocrity! We’re spoiled, and we’re used to the best. I’m sure fans of that era will agree with me. I just want to see a fast paced, talent filled, team that I can be proud of! I’m sure you can understand that. I wish we could find a diamond in the rough, like a Guy Lafleur! Once once, in a while do players of that calibre come along, but I think Ovechkin, is one. Too bad, he’s not on our team. He’s a franchise player! That’s the kind of impact player we need.

  38. I still think Sergie Samsonov, Petr Sykora and Danny Markov should be on our list of “must sign” players.
    All very young and still have a lot to offer.

  39. #39 huet's number 1 fan says:
    July 9, 2006 at 8:04 pm

    What a stupid, stupid move. Bob, what were you thinking?

  40. #40 Habs#1 says:
    July 9, 2006 at 10:03 pm

    Great news for Habs fans. Ottawa’s second line won’t be the same. They’ve traded Havlat and Smolinksi to the Blackhawks and Havlat went back on his word and singed a three year 18 million dollar contract with them.

    So much for testing the free agent market next season.

  41. #41 Habs says:
    July 9, 2006 at 10:17 pm

    theres nothing on the blackhawks or senators or even the NHL’s website about the havlat trade ?

  42. Just heard about trade of Havlat and Smolinski to Chicago. I’m sick! Why didn’t we make that trade? Havlat would have been a great addition to our team. Great player! Also Smolinski is an experienced Centerman. I don’t get it!Will Gainey ever make a trade? I’m getting worried!

  43. In case you watched CFCF tv sports tonight, Ron Reusch said what we have all been saying, for weeks. “It seems hockey players don’t seem to want to play in Montreal. Most of the FA’s were offered more money and more years on a contract, and turned it down. The comments by the french media to Saku Koivu, during the playoffs, asking if he was going to learn french, really had a negative effect on most players”. Thank you french media for killing our chances!So, unless we make trades,we have problems, big ones!

  44. Candiac who cares. Still a Class orgainzation.If players DON’T want to play with us. There loss. The french media make hockey intersting in the city.When Montreal in on a roll there is no beter place to play.

  45. #45 ght120 says:
    July 12, 2006 at 2:26 pm

    Habs#1 had agreat point above, despite what some seem to think the salary cap will likely not go up much after next season. The increase this year was because last season’s cap was set on the expectation that revenues would drop more than they actually did as compared to the pre-lockout season. But they still didn’t quite match those “old CBA” numbers (especially if you compare apples to apples). Even if revenues grow, it won’t be by as much as they over estimated the expected decline coming our of the lockout.

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