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06-22-2011, 05:53 AM
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Can't be true.

Without Markov: Subban, Gorges, Hamrlik, Spacek, Gill, Emelin and Weber, is way to slow (Hamrlik, Spacek, Gill) and to unexperiensed (Emelin and Weber). Everything would rely on Subban keeping his tremendous game and Gorges being back to normal.

If Gauthier felt that he for some reason wouldn't/couldn't sign Markov, Hamrlik is far from the best solution.

With Markov there is simply no place for Hamrlik, unless Spacek is traded and Hamrlik is signed around $2.5M or Hamrlik would accept a ridiculously low offer around $1.5M just for depth reasons.

Maybe Gauthier would like to go with 8 D: Markov, Subban, Gorges, Hamrlik, Gill, Spacek, Emelin and Weber, due to the fact that Markov and Gorges are both coming back from serious injuries and Emelin and Weber are both unproven? If everything works out great, then trade one defensman or stick with good depth for the playoffs.

Edit: As you can see, my thoughts changed back and forth during my post.

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