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Markov, SEASON DONE!
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12-04-2010, 04:08 PM
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Its a shame that this happened to Markov. I'd would be worried about his future, but since he is such a cerebral player, I feel that he will be able to get back on track. If his greatest asset was speed or physicality instead of vision, then it would be another story.
This injury does create an interesting situation for PG. I think its a really big opportunity to retool the defense. I think PG should seek out a replacement for Markov as the #1 defenseman, and then re-sign Markov himself to a lesser role (and at a cheaper price). I think Markov will be able to continue being a elite defenseman when he returns, but I would feel uncomfortable relying on him as the Habs #1 defenseman. Its all alot easier said then done though...
Letting Markov walk would be a mistake in my opinion.
If adding another #1 d-man was taht easy we'd have 2-3 of them. Go call LA about Doughty, San Jose about Boyle or Chicago about Keith.
That tells me we need to keep Markov next year, make sure his recovery is going well, make him wear a F##$%ing knee brace, sign him to a 1 year extension at a reasonable price(under 5 mil) and hope he turns into a huge bragain. This being said, we should have a Picard or Weber as #7 d-man in case he has more issues.
As good as Kaberle is, he's not at Markov's level as a d-man, and he will cost the Habs more as a UFA(if he is available and not traded/extended before July 1st). On the open market he'd cost close to 6 mil on a 4-5 year deal.
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