Rafalski to retire, possibly Lidstrom. What does this mean for Markov?
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05-23-2011, 09:42 PM
Join Date: Sep 2004
If Markov isn't signed before July 1st, I won't be surprised in the least to see him sign with Detroit very quickly.
Holland is the kind of GM who will make calculated gambles, and with Rafalski off the books @ 6M$, and only Kronwall in line for a big raise in the next 2-3 seasons, they could easily afford to offer Markov close to 6M$ over 2-3 seasons (or a longer deal for a smaller cap hit).
If PG doesn't make it happen by July 1st, then it will be pretty clear to Markov that the team isn't committed to him, making it more likely for him to take the best deal on the market... with Detroit being a team in the market (and being a consistent contender and one of the best run/coached clubs in the league) it's hard to see him not landing there.
I wish PG would just get it done now, and then focus his time and energy preparing for draft day. No need to keep the Markov file open unless the team plans to move on, which would be a big mistake imo.
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