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02-03-2013, 10:35 PM
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if he continues playing this way, and stays healthy, then you extend him, not trade him.

he'll be 35 when his contract expires... if he's playing this way until then, showing that his injury woes are behind him, no reason not to use the familiarity to get a favorable contract set up, securing him for 2-4 more years at something less than a player of his ability would get as a ufa.

Markov
Subban
Gorges
Diaz
Emelin


that is a pretty good top-5 to have in place for the next 3-5 years... emelin and Diaz should be relatively to keep within cap needed contracts, markov and subban being the big deals.


this way, one of beaulieu/tinordi/ellis can still earn an NHL role, but our "log jam" allows us to keep the others (along with thrower/dietz/bennett developping in hamilton for several years.

not that keeping/moving markov alone changes all that, but having a dman of that level (25+min) to go with a Subban (25+) and then backing them up with a gorges/diaz/emelin (all 20+), means you don't need much more than either a depth youngster or veteran role player to round out the defensive unit. that's a good situation to have for the next 3-5 years.

replacing the 25+min role Markov can play is not easy, even if Diaz and others are improving.

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