One of the New York Rangers‘ needs that screams “help” is center. Minus Derek Stepan, J.T. Miller and Dominic Moore, the team lacks a true No. 1. This had led some people thinking New York is showing some interest in free-agent center Mike Ribeiro. Whether that’s a true rumor or not, Glen Sather would be really stupid to give this man a contract.
Let’s start off with his ability on the ice. Sure, Ribeiro had some good years with the Washington Capitals, but where does he fit on the Rangers? New York needs scoring, and Ribeiro has a good eye for passing, but that’s it. With too many passers on the ice and not finishers, it’ll be even harder for them to score on a consistent basis. I like Oscar Lindberg better as another center option (look, the Rangers might finally build prospects!), simply because he’s younger and less crazy.
Oh yeah, and you can’t forget his mental capacity. If you thought Sean Avery was a head case, well Ribeiro would give him a run for his money in New York. While Ribeiro was making $5.5 million a year with the Arizona Coyotes, he was having some problems staying out of trouble off the ice. Actually, wherever he goes, he’s been a problem in the locker room. No team, especially a team that’s coming off winning the Eastern Conference, can use him as a stepping stone to improving their team. I saw him fake an injury and then go to the bench laughing because he got the power play. These are the hockey players I have no respect for and shouldn’t be playing in the NHL.
Ribeiro is a talented passer who’s there at the right time, but at 34 and still with behavior issues, he’s not the answer in New York. The Rangers should either give Miller and Lindberg a chance at the final two lines of center or trade for one. Even if Ribeiro would sign for cheap, his attitude and personality brings more bad than good.