Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Could the Stars trade Ribeiro this week?
By Richard Durrett
It's certainly possible with the NHL Draft as the backdrop starting Friday. ESPN.com's E.J. Hradek came up with five trades that could happen at the draft. That list included Mike Ribeiro. Here were his thoughts:
The Stars have been shopping Ribeiro, who has three years and $15 million left on his contract; his cap hit is $5 million. That seems to be the going rate for a second-tier pivot. Yesterday, a comparable player -- the Canadiens' Tomas Plekanec -- signed a new six-year deal that carries the same $5 million cap number.
Ribeiro is a playmaker that compiled back-to-back 56-assist seasons in Dallas before he was slowed by injury last year. GM Joe Nieuwendyk likely would want to upgrade his defense by moving Ribeiro, who'll have some value on the market because there just aren't enough top-six-type centers to go around. I expect him to move over the weekend.
We've talked before that Ribeiro is probably the most tradeable player on this team. And if the club wants to bolster its defense and stay within an extremely tight budget, it will take a trade to make it happen. Ribeiro certainly seems like a logical choice. We'll see if it happens this week. BTW, I'll be at the draft in Los Angeles blogging and chatting with you, so join me.