The defence since Markov's return
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03-22-2012, 11:16 AM
Join Date: Dec 2011
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Some of the comments in this thread are hilarious. Before coming back he played 7 games the previous two and a half years. Pile on top of that he returns towards the end of the year when the whole league is in full gear and he has to adjust to players that have been playing all year long.
I've noticed his timing is off. Markov was never a speed demon so speed was never an essential aspect of his game. Vision, passing and hockey smarts were his strong suits.
If next October/Nov his timing is still off then let's consider it a problem. Before then it's just a player getting into game shape. But there are posters who made claims before his return and are very anxious now to be proven right.
I agree with everything you said.
I believe we are the second dumbest fan base in the NHL (just behind Toronto). We have too high expectations and zero patience. We expect Markov to be his stellar self immediately, we expect Price to never give up a bad goal (name me one goalie that never gives up a bad goal), many are hoping for the return of Kovalev, etc... Habs fans have no realism whatsoever.
Lets at the very least give Markov the first 20 games of next year before we start worrying about his performance. I personally don't think he'll ever be an elite D (top 10) in the league again but I think he can still be a solid top 2 on this team.
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