Mike Ribiero? Interesting to say the least.
It’s long been rumored that the Rangers were talking to the Florida Panthers regarding Stephen Weiss, and Katie Strang confirmed that yesterday. Weiss is now out for the season, having undergone wrist surgery. While that path has closed, it appears that E.J. Hradek has mentioned that the Rangers are in on the Caps’ Mike Ribiero. There is no link to this other than the NHL Wiki page, as this was said on NHL Live.
Both Weiss and Ribiero are scoring centers who are not very reliable defensively (-15.5 and -11.3 RCorsi, respectively). The Rangers appear to be set down the middle with Brad Richards, Derek Stepan, Brian Boyle, and Jeff Halpern, so this rumor is a bit confusing. But when you dive deeper, it’s not all that surprising to see this.
First things first: Brian Boyle has been underwhelming and has been a healthy scratch for four games this season. While he has been solid defensively, he hasn’t been able to contribute offensively at all...