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03-09-2012, 12:35 AM
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Originally Posted by Teufelsdreck View Post
Did this game reveal anything? Well, yes. It demonstrated why the Habs are 28th rather than 29th. It also showed that the Habs desperately need Markov to return. It suggested that it might not be a bad idea to use the first rounder on a Dman or perhaps even to trade down if the Habs could get the other team's first rounders in 2012 and 2013 plus another second rounder. That would give the Habs three firsts and six seconds over a two-year span. What, fans desperately want to draft a Russian in 2012? Well, there must be lower seeded Russians or Czechs who could also play for the Habs.
I agree with most of this post except that we should not take a Russian. Galchenyuk is hardly a Russian and certainly does not play like the typical one. But I would not be opposed to drafting another D, particularly if it was Murray. But our NEED is offense. We have some solid D in the system, although having too many can NEVER hurt.

Also, just wanted to comment on those posts that attempt to make Kaberle appear better by posting his stats; Kaberle is a liability in two major respects: 1. defensive ability and 2. weak physically. Sure, he can lug the puck up ice and still has solid offensive zone vision, but the reality is his body is out of shape and has aged. His hockey sense has never really been that good. He probably will remain with us next season, but only as the seventh defenseman.

Even if Markov returns, Habs will sign a top four defenseman, perhaps even Brad Stuart. Three - four year deal just to get it done and wait for Tinordi, Ellis and Beaulieu to develop PROPERLY ala Detroit in the AHL.

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