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Originally Posted by Habsterix View Post
Into the fire: Five Habs hot topics

Just a few games into the 2011-2012 campaign and we are not lacking topics of discussion when it comes to the Montreal Canadiens. True that the teamís on-ice performance isnít helping any, but the drama through the media and fan forums has everyone questioning everything so far in this very early season. Here are five of the hottest topics so far:

Andrei Markov

News came out that Habsí defenseman Andrei Markov will stay in Florida for a third consecutive week. Rumours are circulating on the internet to the effect that the Canadiensí management is not happy with the whole situation as they apparently had received confirmation from the medical staff that Markov was close to a return at 100%. This is a major setback for the organization that not only risked over $17 million on the Russian defenseman over a three year period, but gambled that he could return to form as well. As we know, Markov was skating on his own and GM Pierre Gauthier had announced that if Markov wasnít ready for day one, he wouldnít be missing much time in October. It will be interesting to see how things unfold in the next few weeks, but Iím thinking that if the rumours are true, there might be some high end lawyers looking into an out in this contract.

Scott Gomez

The overpaid center made no excuses at the end of last season when, in front of cameras and teammates, he acknowledged that had he played better, the Habs would still be in the playoffs. It was documented that he worked harder than he ever had this summer and showed some good things in pre-season. Unfortunately, he was not having the start of the season he was hoping for before injuring his shoulder (or upper body as they say) against the Penguins on Thursday...

Read the entire blog: Into the fire: Five Habs hot topics

Also, remember that I put the links in the very first post of this thread.
IMO the hottest topic without a doubt is Andrei Markov. Pierre Gauthier did a great job of signing some young d-men this year in Emelin and Diaz. But Gauthier did an absolute horrible job in preparing the D for another Markov absence.

History shows just how many injuries this D can suffer and PG had no backup plan. He should fire himself before he fires JM because he simply didn't prepare for the "what if" that's been so prevalent the last few years.

Pierre Gauthier has a real mess on his hands - one that he created. It will be interesting to see if he makes JM the scapegoat.

You wanna blame Martin for using Hal Gill in OT last night? He simply didn't have many choices. He took the option that Gauthier afforded him instead being able to use another top four d-man that Gauthier should have prioritized over the summer.

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