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Mike Ribeiro to sit out for 'disciplinary reasons'

Mar 29, 2010, 4:50 PM EDT

Ribs.jpgMike Heika of the Dallas Morning News is reporting that Mike Ribeiro will miss tonight’s game for
‘disciplinary reasons’, after missing a team meeting on Sunday.

Crawford skated Ribeiro hard after the morning skate in
what clearly was a message skate.

GM Joe Nieuwendyk said
he backs his coach.

“We have team rules and we have a schedule,
and players need to respect that,” Nieuwendyk said. “We talked about
it and it’s a decision that I feel is correct.”

This is the first time in four seasons that Mike Ribeiro has had any
such issue in Dallas, although he had a reputation of being a bit of
problem child while with the Montreal
. Their issues with him led the team to trade Ribeiro to
Dallas in what could be the most one-sided traded of all time (unless
the Habs seriously thought Janne Niinnimaa was of the same caliber as

Still, it’s just a missed meeting and it’s obvious that
Crawford is sending a message that despite the Stars missing the
playoffs and basically playing for pride at this point, his team will
not slack off the rest of the season.

As Nieuwendyk and Crawford
look to the future and what they want their team to be, it’s a
possibility that Mike Ribeiro doesn’t fit into those plans. His skill
set, while magical at times, is not the approach that Crawford preaches.
Ribeiro likes to slow the game down, go at his own pace while Crawford
wants an intense and uptempo approach.

Could this be the first
step in Ribeiro being traded this summer? It’s possible. Certainly not a great impression your coach to have headed into the offseason.

  1. Charlie - Mar 29, 2010 at 5:37 PM

    Disneyland must have been more important.

  2. David - Mar 30, 2010 at 10:29 AM

    Ribs is so talented. He would be a huge loss to Dallas. The real problem here is Crawford and his idiotic system. When the Stars have to score 4 goals a game to have a chance of winning, because we don’t bother to defend and always give up 3 goals, you know the system is flawed. When we have goal-tenders making 40+ saves a game and we still lose, you have to ask why we have an ‘offense only’ system?
    When veteran players are exhausted because of too much ‘practice’ and are too tired to perform in the game, you know we have a problem. We saw how well Mike Modano performed after getting a day off practice.
    Ribiero is no slacker. He is a skilled experienced player. It makes no sense to treat him like he is in boot camp. Crawford is sucking the heart out of this team. Last year the Stars missed the playoffs largely because of injuries. This year Crawford was supposed to do better than Tippett, Brad Richards was supposed to save the day, the new system was going to win games and we have not had major prolonged injuries. So What’s Crawford’s excuse ?
    I miss Dave Tippett and am excited that he is able to get Phoenix to rise from the ashes. Sadly, the trade deadline is over and we can’t dump Richards for a few good defensemen. We can make sure we don’t continue this insanity another season. Fire Crawford; Beg Tippett to come back; Renew Turco’s contract; Trade Richards for some Defensemen; Change the system ; = Get to the playoffs next year.

  3. Metsys - Mar 30, 2010 at 11:44 AM

    According to Mike Heika of the DMN, he was late 10 minutes and didn’t miss the whole meeting.

  4. CS - Mar 30, 2010 at 4:00 PM

    David, Are you kidding me? I like Ribiero, but you have to show respect and that is one place that it’s required. Brad Richards is leading this team in points and is well worth the money we are paying him. I won’t disagree about Crawford, but I think in this case what was done is right. As for keeping Turco get real he is not working out here anymore. He needs a change of scenery and this team has needed some change the old was getting stale.
    I think we need to dump some of our D and bring in a couple of solid D guys and move on into next season.

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