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Brooks Laich calls Mike Ribeiro a “spineless jellyfish,” but in a good way

Jan 11, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT


Brooks Laich‘s claim to fame is that he once saved a stranded motorist, but he might also deserve recognition for being a master of the backhanded compliment.

You won’t come across many positive descriptions that involve the word “spineless,” yet Laich (mostly) pulls that off when describing Mike Ribeiro‘s style to’s Chuck Gormley.

“He’s like a spineless jellyfish, like a slinky,” Laich said. “You can’t hit him. You go to hit him and he just wiggles through you. I don’t know how he does it.”

Laich also commented upon Ribeiro’s … unusual fashion sense.

“I was like, ‘Holy Cow! Somebody put a mirror in front of that guy,’” Laich said. “It’s not a bad thing. If we were all the same we’d be all boring. I think he’s going to bring some flare for sure.”

Want an example of that, uh, flare? Here’s a photo (the second image justifiably zooms in on his diamond earring) from his July press conference, via Chris Gordon and Russian Machine Never Breaks:



So, to review, Ribeiro hasn’t played a single game for the Capitals, yet his team already has already compared him to:

That would all be really, really harsh … but some might argue that he brings it on himself.

After all, this is a guy who seems to infuriate opponents with his antics (like this infamous moment in the 2004 playoffs) as often as he dazzles crowds, such as this Feb. 16 overtime winner:

Long story short, he can be dazzling and irritating in equal measures. Sort of like a spineless jellyfish.

  1. ravenscaps48 - Jan 11, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Best acquisition of the offseason. Mark my words

    • xflyersx - Jan 11, 2013 at 10:26 AM

      What about Parise to Minnesota?

      • therealjr - Jan 11, 2013 at 11:28 AM

        I’m sure he means relative to money laid out.

      • ravenscaps48 - Jan 11, 2013 at 12:07 PM

        Yes. Product + Value

    • gregp1212 - Jan 11, 2013 at 11:20 AM

      Best acquisition of the offseason especially if Backstrom misses significant time.

    • timsabourin - Jan 11, 2013 at 12:05 PM

      I hope you mean for WSH

  2. dcfan4life - Jan 11, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    I dont know why you even include spineless with jellyfish really. But Laich will always be Laich. And now that there on the same team, hes not suppose to hit Ribeiro anyways…

  3. crosberries - Jan 11, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    From what I remember in 24/7 pens caps there was plenty of flare on the capitols from ovi’s tramp stamps, food on their mouths in interviews, thinking its funny to put sauces on people’s shoes, to awkwardly fist pumping after a win. I think they have all the flare in the world on that team. They made themselves just look awkward even the rangers and Philly were tolerable even awesome to watch an I’m a pens fan

    • bmoreredfury311 - Jan 11, 2013 at 12:27 PM

      im sorry your pens didn’t look to much better themself’s. Talbot’s sweater was the most awkward “flare” of them all. Also can you remind me who won that winter classic?? o thats right dem CAPS!!
      Best day ever, so many sad pens fans, leaving early as well. Never thought i would be that happy in pitt.
      GO CAPS!!!.

      • crosberries - Jan 11, 2013 at 1:52 PM

        Talbots sweater was “an ugly Christmas party” sweater learn how to take a joke

      • crosberries - Jan 11, 2013 at 1:55 PM

        Hey remember when we beat you in the playoffs on our way to the cup? A losers mentality is to celebrate after one game. In an 82 game season that’s nothing. Also didn’t you guys have a 9or 10 game losing streak that year

      • bmoreredfury311 - Jan 11, 2013 at 5:58 PM

        talk about loser mentality by living in the past. Any time a pens fan is question or challenged they love to throw up their cups, in which you do kinda have the right, but not for every argument.

        You brought up 24/7 and in which the winter classic is involved and joking or not, you are a pens fan.That made a comment on a caps article, so naturally your going to get a response.

        Even though it was a regular season game, it is one of the most watched and anticipated games of the year. In which your beloved, over hyped, pens lost. At HOME, in that beloved ketchup field and where sad losers at that. By skating off the ice before shacking hands at the end, well the Caps waited for you. And yes they went on a losing strike, but to remind you. They came back to equalize that strike and finished first in the east and atleast won the first round. So keep holding to past, because they sure as hell havent done crap since.
        Go CAPS!!!

      • husky2score - Jan 11, 2013 at 2:50 PM

        Here in Washington, we move on from the past and focus on the future. That time you guys beat us and we went on a losing streak was also 2-3 years ago.

        See, I can’t even remember because I have moved on. Pretty cool huh?

    • rsl22 - Jan 11, 2013 at 1:37 PM

      So wait, let me get this straight. A Pens fans watching a show that featured two teams, and one of those teams was the Pens, didn’t like the team that wasn’t the Pens? Shocking.

      • crosberries - Jan 11, 2013 at 1:50 PM

        Apparently you didn’t get I like the flyers and rangers in their series

      • rsl22 - Jan 11, 2013 at 3:06 PM

        They weren’t facing your Pens.

      • crosberries - Jan 11, 2013 at 5:42 PM

        Right, lets face it the caps have fallen from a rival of the pens because they aren’t even that good anymore. I hate the flyers much more and thought I would hate every second of watching them but they were actually entertaining and interesting unlike the caps.

      • rsl22 - Jan 11, 2013 at 6:00 PM

        The Caps lost 2-1 on the road in Game 7 of the second round last year, after knocking the defending Cup champs out in the first round.

        Care to remind me how those Penguins did? I think it was an arse-beating in the first round, giving up a record-breaking number of goals in a brutal 4-2 series loss. But my memory may be fading.

  4. gscheelar - Jan 11, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    He looks like a fish out of water flailing about faking injury with Montreal, so the aquatic theme is appropriate…

  5. mgp1219 - Jan 11, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    Ribeiro is a coward in the likes of Burrows & Lapierre fort Vancouver. His mouth continually writes checks that his fists can’t cash. He needs a beating.

  6. paledevil - Jan 11, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    For a team that just missed the playoffs twice that ole Stars team was a band of pirates

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