Thread: Speculation: Markov and Weber that much closer.
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06-21-2011, 03:55 PM
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Originally Posted by mabus View Post
As good as Markov is, I'd actually prefer to not sign him this time around. He has not really played in a year or so, and we've gotten along very well without him. He's very injury prone, and thats a lot of money to tie up on an injured player. Since his injury problems we've really shored up the defense, we really don't need him.
We need him if we intend on contending.

We have one sure-fire Top 4 defenseman in Subban, a fringe Top-4 guy in Gorges, a 25-yr old from the KHL who is going to be in transition... Some say he's a potential Top 4 guy, but there is question marks. The rest are Bottom pairing guys at this point.

If we don't bring back Markov, we certainly have to target one of the big fish UFA's, and that will likely cost us the same or more as re-signing Markov while getting potentially less results. Markov would hardly be the first player to rebound from a long bout of injuries and have success, his key attribute is his vision. He will always see the game on the ice at a higher level than 90% of the players in the league.

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