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08-20-2011, 12:02 AM
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Originally Posted by Mike8 View Post
Why not?

And I expect Markov to be used where he benefits the team most; not to help Yemelin adjust. That can be done in the lockerroom.
I'd love to be wrong, but after missing a good part of two seasons I just don't see Markov being ready for big minutes. On the power play is one thing but the team cannot know what entirely to expect of him on 5 vs 5 play right now.

Plus I think the language connection does matter, especially for defenders. Hamrlik and Spacek would speak to each other in Czech in game even though both speak English fluently.

I'm not saying it'll last long, in an ideal world Markov will return to form as soon as possible, but my prediction is that Martin is going to start the season with those two as the third pairing. Markov is the difference between being good and great this season, and the club is going to want to make sure what happened last season doesn't happen again.

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