Andrei Markov: The best Habs defenseman since Larry Robinson?
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04-20-2009, 02:14 PM
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Chelios was replaced by the Schneider-Desjardins combination (Robinson left not long after Desjardins arrived). Management traded Desjardins believing Brisebois capable of replacing him. So after a short time of Schneider-Brisebois, Schneider was traded for Malakhov. Then came Rivet as a third defenceman. Eric Weinrich showed up at one point (traded in 1998 for Dave Manson in the Hackett trade, and Manson had been obtained in 1997 for Murray Baron, and Baron was obtained in the Turgeon trade in 1996) along with Malahkov, Brisebois and Rivet... then Malakhov was traded for Souray, so we had Brisebois, Weinrich and Rivet... the next year, Weinrich was traded for Patrick Traverse... Markov began playing that year and the next year was one of the top defencemen after Brisebois and Rivet. Markov then became the unquestioned top defenceman. At this time, Souray returned from being mostly injured in the past three years or so and became the second defenceman and Brisebois was, after the lockout, gone to Colorado.
The interesting thing about Souray was how after his injuries he came back to be a much better player than he ever was before, in fact the guy developed into an offensive threat even though he had never done that earlier in his career. Prior to coming to Montreal, he was known primarily as a physical defender who could hit and was really a 6th/7th defenseman. Same for his first couple of years with Montreal, but somehow for the first time in his career he developed a knack for scoring around 03/04.
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