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09-25-2013, 04:23 PM
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I don't see where Plekanec will be gone in 2-3 years. He's a guy that should have 5-6 or more years left in the tank. Even if he declines a bit we have guys like Eller and Galchenyuk that should be hungry for big minutes.
Gionta, we have a slew of young wingers that should be knocking on the door the next couple years, plus Gallagher looking to grow into a bigger role. I'm not very worried about the wings, lots of good options...LeBlanc Holland McCarron Bozon Collberg Hudon Lehkonen etc Even if we had to replace Gionta with a UFA, it would hardly be a big deal.
Markov will not be easy to replace, but guys like Subban Gorges and Emelin are already in place getting 20+ minutes. In 2-3 years guys like Tinordi Beaulieu Pateryn Nygren should all be approaching their NHL prime. I'm also not discounting the fact that Markov may be retained for another 2-3 years, he's looked good in preseason, not like a guy on his last legs.
Don't kid yourself, Gionta isn't easily replaced either. There is currently no one in the system capable of offsetting the loss of Gionta, but the goal shouldn't be to get back to where we are now, but to make the roster better.
There is nov one in the system capable of replacing a 80% healthy Markov. Tinordi ect, will be replacing Boullion/Murray, so a slight potential upgrade there, my point is if you continue to defer success until later you'll be unsuccessful forever.
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