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06-11-2011, 01:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Bourne View Post
Simple, a health Markov is a top ten defenseman in the league. He is the type of player you take a gamble on despite injury woes because the reward is so significant. With him, Wisniewski and Gorges signed, Montreal would have one of the strongest defensive cores league wide. Walking away from Markov would be absolutely moronic for management.

My assumption is Markov is inked to his current salary ($5.75m) for a season or two, Wisniewski takes $4.5m and Gorges wraps up $2.0m. Going over capgeek with those numbers, the Habs would still having over five million to play with. I included the relatively minor raises to Desharnais and Pacioretty, in addition to leaving Spacek on the roster as an eighth defenseman. So we can easily afford all three and still sign a decent UFA.
I suspect Gorges will make more like something in the 3.25 range.

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