I know I’m not supposed to like the guy, but I do. I really have no idea why,  seeing he has given us so many reasons to hate him, but I find myself smiling every time he does…well…anything. Take last night for example; he returns to Montreal for the first time since being traded in 2006. Scores a goal and when he was named first star, he goes out and does this:

That’s friggen hilarious. He is the type of guy that absolutely embraces the role of a heel (for those of you that don’t know a thing about the world of professional wrestling, a heel is a villain or a “bad guy”). He is kind of like Jesse “the Body” Ventura. Remember when the “bad guy” would bring in an illegal object into the ring, the good guy would steal the object and use it himself, only to have Ventura say something like “Monsoon, that’s unsportsmanlike behavior by the Hulkster”. Ventura and Ribeiro are both guys that fed off people hating them. Now sometimes he jumps to that role a little too quickly, like back in 2008, after this absolutely sick shootout winner:

Great move, hilarious taunt, but the Kings won the game, but hey I still laughed. One of his most “famous” moves involves pretending he is hurt and none was more famous than this one

I want to get something straight, I would never do some of the things that he does, in fact if I was on the other team I would want to downright kill him. However as a fan he has made me laugh more times than not. Even when he pulls his antics against my beloved Red Wings

Ribeiro will never win any popularity contests, but the difference between him and many other hated players in history (ie: Claude Lemieux, Ulf Samuelsson) is that Ribiero blends agitating, with entertainment. Oh yeah, the guy can score some sick goals too.

 

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Let’s head to the links

The Sharks are now in the Rick Nash sweepstakes? How great would it be to see Joe Thornton on a line with Nash??? (Pro hockey Talk)

After Steve Yzerman did some fancy GM’ing yesterday, Puck Daddy asks “Did Avalanche know Yzerman was turning Kyle Quincey into Detroit’s 1st-round pick?”

The Kings just cannot score to save their life right now (Dirty Dangle)

Katie Baker of Grantland answers pretty much everything in her weekly Bake shop

Jesse Spector of The Sporting News takes a look at the career of John Tavares

After the season is over, Claude Julien clearly plans on competing in the Kumite (Days of Y’Orr)

A couple of big name injuries announced yesterday which means we need to check in with Dr. Recchi (The Province)

Another beauty from Down Goes Brown

Ever wonder what Glen Sather does all day? Blueshirt Banter has the answers