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11-19-2010, 09:21 AM
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Originally Posted by Blind Gardien View Post
I'm fine with Picard/Weber. Until scared into thinking otherwise. But I didn't get scared into thinking otherwise with the games Markov missed at the start of the season, so I'm not expecting to be scared anytime soon.

This D seems capable of absorbing the loss of Markov.

I mean, you can always watch for bargains, if any show up. But I wouldn't go beating down the doors of teams looking for a good futures return or any of our top prospects in exchange for a rental player. If a team like Vancouver gets desperate to dump somebody cheap (i.e. Bieksa) or if some other risk-laden gamble appears on the radar "for free" (e.g. Souray on re-entry waivers), I would consider such freebie options.

But I wouldn't go shopping with desperation writ large upon my forehead in the immediate wake of a Markov diagnosis.
definitely not time to make any desperation type moves, but i think it's pretty clear that both Spacek and Hamrlik were struggling earlier in the season in large part because, without Markov in the lineup, they were forced to play larger roles than they are able to handle at this stage in their careers.

if Markov is out for months, both will have to pick up the slack and play too many minutes, leaving in the same situation as last year, with two guys falling apart at the absolute worse time (playoffs).

knowing, as we do, that Martin would rather lean on them to the point of excess (regardless of how their play struggles) vs living with the inevitable shortcomings of playing young guys like Picard or Weber, I hope that PG is actively looking for a reasonable solution... a vet that can come in as a bottom 4 guy that Martin will trust enough to help spread the workload out.

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