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06-07-2011, 08:53 PM
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Originally Posted by mirimon View Post
I don't really want to go into the whole what-makes-a-player-a-franchise-player-debate, but Andrei Markov might have been the most important defender for his team for fourth straight seasons after the lockout. After that he's had two seasons destroyed by injuries and I think it's pretty clear that the Montreal defense has really lacked a player of his caliber.
I guess it all depends on your definition of a franchise player. The Flyers lacked a defenseman of Timonen's ability before they signed him also. It doesn't make him a franchise player in my opinion.

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