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Monday, August 29, 2011
Q&A with Mike Ribeiro

By Mark Stepneski

Dallas Stars center Mike Ribeiro is among the players who have been skating in Frisco recently in preparation for training camp. Ribeiro talked to the media after one of the skates and here’s a transcript of what he had to say.

On his taking a bigger role offensively with Brad Richards moving on via free agency

“That’s what you want. It’s a little bit harder. I think last year I adjusted pretty good and didn’t care about first or second, and it will be the same this year. We’ve got Benny (Jamie Benn), who is ready to take a big step and we’ll see how we go. It’s a team. Some nights Benny’s line will be the top line and other nights it will be me. I am ready to be the first one and play against those top D’s and those checking lines. But I won’t mind if it’s Benny’s line or Tommy Wandell’s line. We just have to stay focused on what we have to do as a team and win some games.”

On new head coach Glen Gulutzan

“We talked a few times during the summer and I am sure we are going to talk even more coming up to the season. We still have (associate coach) Willie Desjardins. We’ll keep the basics, but I am sure Gully is going to want his input and show us some new stuff. I’ve learned from every coach I’ve had and hopefully I’ll learn again this year. New coaches now have different approaches and different stuff you can learn. It will be nice to see what we can do with that.”

On the addition of right wing Michael Ryder, a teammate in Montreal

“He can shoot the puck. Most the seasons he has played he has scored 20, 25, 30 goals. He’s going to take that 25 goals that James Neal used to bring us, but he’s a right hand shot and a little bit different. He’s pretty fast too. He’s an awkward skater, but once he gets going he is pretty fast. He’s a skilled guy and he’s been coached by some really good coaches, so he knows how to play the game and that’s important, too.

“It’s going to be good for us. We played on the same line in Montreal for a few years, so we know each other. We’ll see if we work together this year.

“We had a good year there just before the lockout. He just won a Cup. Hopefully he comes here in good shape and ready to go. We have a good group to welcome people in, so I am sure he’ll be comfortable here knowing a few guys. “

On the addition of defenseman Sheldon Souray, also a teammate in Montreal

“Since we lost [Sergei Zubov] and [Philippe Boucher] – we have [Alex] Goligoski who can shoot it from there – but snipers from the blue line, you don’t have a lot of those. He’s a guy that can shoot from the blue line and score. Not just his shot, but size too will help. He’s a guy that can play physical and dirty. But his shot can help us, especially on the power play. He’s a guy that can score and we’ve needed that from the blue line.

“It will be interesting on the power play. Then you have a guy like Ryder, who is a right shot. The last few years we really didn’t have a guy who could shoot right handed and could score. It will be nice to see the mix we can have, what lines we’ll have. I am just anxious to see. I am anxious for training camp.”