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03-07-2012, 11:46 PM
Talks to Goalposts
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Originally Posted by Lafleurs Guy View Post
Pittsburgh has depth at center. They have a number one guy who can step in. We don't have the depth they do. We have Subban and uh, that's about it.

Again, if he comes back... great. But we've got to assume he's not healthy.
Unfortunately its one thing to say you have to be prepared to be without Markov and quite another one to actually be prepared for it. Replacement Markovs aren't easy to find.

They were doing pretty well with the combination of Hamrlik-Wisniewski together giving an approximation of his value but even finding two guys like that isn't an easy proposition. It would have been 9 million in salary for the two of them this year. And from the list of upcoming UFA's it doesn't look like even the equivalent of the two of them is available this season unless a Suter miracle happens. Maybe if you land two of Garrison/Carle/Jackman, which I kinda doubt would happen. They'd only really have the summer cap space to do that if there is an amnesty buyout and they use it both on Gomez and Kaberle. If the solution to Gomez is Hamilton/Europe then the summer cap will prevent using Markov's LTIR to get anyone for the upcoming year.

Realistically rolling the dice on Markov may be the most likely bet to get a strong blueline next season.

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