Realistically, who should the Habs target now that Markov's gone?
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11-19-2010, 10:23 AM
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The habs just got rid of a Bieksa type guy. And if they are keeping Hamrlik and Spacek they'd better target a D who is a good skater.
Any chance Anaheim moves Visnovsky?
When was that?
Guys like Visnovsky, Kaberle would cost a lot because those teams would only move them for equal NHL talent, or big overpayment in terms of picks/prospects.
I don't even think we could get Kaberle for our 2011 and 2012 1sts right now(maybe at the deadline if Toronto is 10-12 pts out). Same for Visnovsky.
Bieksa is not as smooth or skilled as those 2 but he is still above average defensivvely, RH shot and brings an edge...the big PLUS is he may only cost 1/3 to 1/4 of his full value because Vancouver will be in a bind and there are very few teams that can add salary.
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We need to find more firepower for our forward lines!!! Our defence isn't bad at all right now....I'm more worried about games like last night when our forwards get shutout. We need more scoring power upfront, we can't have teams like Nashville shutting us out.
We need to put Cammy - Pleks - Kosty back together again and find a true top 6 forward to play with Gomez and Gionta that will hopefully wake those 2 up to give us 2 solid scoring lines with a decently offensive 3rd line and a young, energetic 4th line.
I love Andrei Markov and I think he's a tremendous defencemen, great powerplay quarterback and just a terrific all-round defencemen, but if he can't get healthy and give the Habs at least 75 games a season, then I don't think we should bother re-signing him at the end of the season. There will be many UFA's out there, I think it might be time to go in a different direction. If he takes the rest of this season off and lets his knee heal properly and builds it up stronger, I'd be willing to give him another chance....maybe a 1 year deal for $2-2.5 million to see if he can get back to the player he was, but if he sits a couple months and tries to come back later this season and gets hurt again, he's gone in my eyes.
A guy like Markov contributes as much if not more to the offense(in terms of GF) than to the defense(in terms of GA) because he is such a good puck mover and distributor on the PP.
Just look at New Jersey, their offense has gone in the crapper, mostly because they have little skill and PMD's on the blueline so they can't attack with speed.
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