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03-08-2012, 02:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Issacar View Post
Agreed, Gauthier's mistake was not to sign Markov. His mistake was to not have a backup plan. I would have re-signed Markov, Hamrlik and Wisneski. Like that it would have had offered us the depth to compensate for Markov while he is out (turns out it was over 80% of the season) and we would have had assets to trade away once he get back (Wisnieski would have pulled in at least the 2nd round pick we offered to acquire him).
From Hamrlik's play this year signing him to a 2 year deal wouldn't have helped our "back up plan". He's been a healthy scratch a few games on a team fighting for their playoff lives. It would have made our problem bigger, at least Campoli we can walk away next summer(heck would could send him to Hamilton if we needed cap room), Hamrlik's 35+ is immoveable.

Signing Wisniewski may have helped for this year(though he's missed 1/3 of the season) but his contract would end up looking like the Gomez or Redden one in a year or two. Plus he would have cost us Cole, no way we could fir Hamrlik Cole and Wisniewski under the cap and still have Markov.

I'm sure even in their worst fears they were not expecting Markov to miss 6 more months since he was skating last May/June. Signing a player 80% of what markov was would have cost big money(Ehrhoff Wisniewski etc).

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