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01-07-2013, 01:36 PM
Kriss E
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Originally Posted by hogtownhabsfan View Post
Because he's pretty much done and we'd be out from under his contract.

And he's not a great fit here anymore, we have too many puck moving guys on the backend, and not enough muscle.

I hope he could come back and be great, but at this point I think it's best to just move on...
So because we have too many puck movers, you're thinking not bringing back our best one is the better option?

Originally Posted by hogtownhabsfan View Post
The guy hasn't been good in 4 years. I hope I'm wrong here, I really do...
4years ago he had a career year.
3years ago he was on pace for 2pts short of his career year halfway through the year, then unfortunately got injured.
Since then, he's been hit hard by the injury bug and only played 20 nhl games.

This season is his first back when he got to enjoy regular playing time. He managed to stay healthy, just a tiny upperbody injury that kept him out for a couple games, and made the KHL All-Star team.

Needless to say, it'll be interesting to see what he can do here. To say he hasn't been good in 4years is completely dishonest and misleading, and you know it. If we had 4 PK Subban with Emelin and Gorges, then yea, you'd have a point. But when it's guys like Kaberle, Weber and Bouillon, no. Also, you never just turn your back on a player of Markov's caliber unless there's no other option, that's just stupid.
Originally Posted by SeriousHabs View Post
At this point it is safer to assume that Markov won't be 100%.
How about not assuming anything and just observing for once? What are the chances he gets injured based on the previous years? Pretty high. Does that mean he'll necessarily get injured? No. Does that mean it'll be a season ending one? No. Does that mean he won't help us? No.
So let's stop making assumptions. If he gets injured, we have other PMDs that can come in.
Originally Posted by Marc the Habs Fan View Post
This. Which is why it has to be top 6 or Sarnia for him. He won't play more than 14 minutes a game on the Eller line if it's the 3rd, especially since we'll most likely be playing our 4th line more since it's better this year.
I disagree. Nothing wrong with playing along side Eller to perfect a more defensive role at the NHL level on top of facing weaker opponents.
Also, I'm expecting Eller to have developed some more. Last year with Moen-AK, they absolutely owned their opponents. They were rarely stuck in our zone and controlled the play in the offensive zone a lot, often dangling through players with creative passing. Moen benefited from it greatly, almost doubling his best career scoring rate.
I expect nothing less if Gally is placed there. I think Gally's stickhandling and creativity is better than AK's, I think both have similar accelarration speed, so we'll see how Gally's skills translate to the NHL, but I wouldn't be opposed to him starting on the 3rd next to Eller.

That's also assuming Eller stays on the 3rd line.

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