Thread: Injury Report: Markov, SEASON DONE!
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12-03-2010, 08:29 PM
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A 1 year contract is a pipe dream.
Its absolutely sure that in a concurrential world like the NHL is, somebody will offer him at least 2 years. At least. I believe that a team like the Lightning, the Sabres or the Blues, could (should) take the gamble.

Moneywise, we should have some leverage, though, if we offer him a contract early or show that we are ready to take the gamble with his knee etc...

Something like 3 years with a cap hit between 4 and 5M$ should be ok right now.

Worse, the UFA options are not likely to help us. Few players will be there, but in 2011 or 2012, no one on the market (i dont count Lidström as he will stay in Detroit or retire) is better than Markov.
Only two or three guys might play to a very good level, close to his, but expecting this is not a good thing to do.

Even injured, finding a player of his caliber on the market is so unlikely that you will have to overpay to get him.
Remember Gaborik ? Edit : Well, Mooks remembered it too.

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