From one controversial individual to another, Mike Ribeiro appeared on La Poche Bleue, a show hosted by former Canadiens Guillaume Latendresse and recently retired Maxim Lapierre. As he’s somewhat known for, Ribeiro didn’t shy away from controversy when talking about his former teammate P.K. Subban. He went straight to the point and was as honest in his answers as we know he can be, even if it ruffles some feathers… and it most certainly will with some members of the media and fans alike, better known as Subbanistas.
Ribeiro, appearing through video, was his old self, flat brimmed baseball hat worn sideways and speaking his mind freely. Having played in Nashville, he spoke about THE trade that shook the hockey world at the time. During his interview, he didn’t shy away from praising the former Predators’ captain and current Canadiens’ captain Shea Weber.
“I knew PK a little bit because of Montreal not his personality but more as a player. I thought that Nashville had made a mistake. I know that back then, people in Montreal panicked a bit because PK was gone. But I knew that Weber was a better player, a better teammate, a better leader.”
Ribeiro felt like the Predators were making a huge mistake by trading Weber.
“I never understood why Nashville did that. The only thing I can think of was his contract (signing bonus). I was really surprised that they traded Weber because he’s quite the man, quite the teammate. His presence in the dressing room is incredible.”
According to Ribeiro, there’s absolutely no comparison between the two players who were traded one for another. He feels, like most people in hockey today, that Marc Bergevin and the Habs won that trade.
“PK is a good cartoon, he was fun in the dressing room but it’s not the same presence as what Weber had. The respect that the guys had for Weber compared to PK you know, PK worked out for a year or two in Nashville and… They’re two completely different characters and I think that the Canadiens had the upper hand in this trade that’s for sure.”
Now we can put down Ribeiro for speaking out on the topic. We can mock him for his antics of rolling on the ice pretending to be injured while playing in Montreal. We can put him down for his personal problems off the ice, fighting his demons. But he’s one player, one teammate, who feels like Weber was back then, and still is today, a much better player and individual.
As Man Mountain was one of my favourite players while in Nashville, I was obviously thrilled about the trade and there were a few of us. We are now all fortunate enough to call him O Captain, My Captain… while there are rumours in New Jersey that they would like to unload Subban. Go Habs Go!