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08-02-2013, 11:29 AM
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Originally Posted by dreamingofdrouin View Post
Markov is coming to the end of the is gionta and briere. We don't have a chance to contend with those guys at the helm after a couple years, and that means 2..tops...they are done after that. We have a very short window with them and the youngsters yes.....but i don't believe we can be a successful team with those guys in our top six and top d pairings in 2015-16, and so therefore am glad that we didn't try to get the most bang for our buck in the coming four years with subban, as opposed to in the future when tinordi and beaulieu and other d prospects will have time to develop into what we need them to be and we'll have time to find a number 2, and we'll have had the time to properly fill our top six with youth instead of briere and gionta and to a lesser extent bourque and eventually plekanec.

really....this is not a complicated concept.....i don;t get how you can be so confused.....we have core players who are OLD...and yah they may provide enough in combination with all the youth that we have had come in and a norris d-man and a great performance from price to get us to the promise praying for thinking about it everyday,....and will be extremely dissapointed if we don't win the cup next year, as i am every year. But your fooling yourself if your think most of these vet's can hold up for another 4's just not going to happen.

Future>now.....that is what i'm saying....mother of god.
Markov is 34 years old, are you seriously saying at 36 he'll be done and won't be able to contribute. We don't need him to be on the top pair since we have Subban, we need him to give us quality minutes on the second pairing. For comparison's sake Timonen and Gonchar have similar styles to Markov and are 38 and 39. They are still contributing quality minutes even if they are no longer 1st pairing guys. You remind me of the people who claimed a 30 year old Koivu was done he'd be retired in a few years because his body couldn't handle it anymore. But he's still around at 38 being a key contributor on a team that finished 3rd overall in the league.

Your rosy future is all based on the hope that both Tinordi and Beaulieu reach their full potential. There's no doubt that they are very good prospects but it's simply unlikely that either develop into what Markov is right now. There's a very good chance that we are closer to the cup right now than we will be in 6-7 years.

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