Without Markov: Subban, Gorges, Hamrlik, Spacek, Gill, Emelin and Weber, is way to slow (Hamrlik, Spacek, Gill) and to unexperiensed (Emelin and Weber). Everything would rely on Subban keeping his tremendous game and Gorges being back to normal.
If Gauthier felt that he for some reason wouldn't/couldn't sign Markov, Hamrlik is far from the best solution.
With Markov there is simply no place for Hamrlik, unless Spacek is traded and Hamrlik is signed around $2.5M or Hamrlik would accept a ridiculously low offer around $1.5M just for depth reasons.
Maybe Gauthier would like to go with 8 D: Markov, Subban, Gorges, Hamrlik, Gill, Spacek, Emelin and Weber, due to the fact that Markov and Gorges are both coming back from serious injuries and Emelin and Weber are both unproven? If everything works out great, then trade one defensman or stick with good depth for the playoffs.
Edit: As you can see, my thoughts changed back and forth during my post.
I'm good with Hamrlik coming back. In a limited role with the core defence back Hamrlik can play in the 5 -6 spot. Now that being said they would have to move Spacek and pay Hamrlik like 2.5 maybe 3 mil for 1 or 2 years.
Hamrlik would be the perfect partner for Emelin as he is a good teacher and a calming influence on a rookie D.
Wouldn't be surprised at all to see Weber traded at the draft and Spacek used as a 7th D who is inserted to give Markov and Gorges a break early in the season as they recover from their respective surgeries.
With Spacek, Diaz and possibly Nash available as fill ins we won't have to burn another 2nd round pick when the injury bug bites.
Hope we sign him for 1 year @2.75
This years FA crop is awful. We should leave cap room for a big late season acquisition as I believe this team is very close to being a serious contender.
IF we trade Weber, which we should definite not do. (We're going to regret it).. He shouldn't be packaged with Pouliot or Spacek or any other asset that would be detrimental to his value. He's a good, young, offensive defenseman who was just starting to come into his own. If we trade him with Spacek, we're not going to get back nearly enough.
If he's traded, it should be with out first to move up to the 8-10 range.
Originally Posted by Dirty Danglez
What happened to getting younger and more mobile!!???
I knew that's what would happen... And people called me alarmist. HAH!
If we sign Hamrlik, it better not be for a penny over 3M bucks, and it better be for 1 year. I guess we can put a cross on Wisniewski. Too bad. I guess it's all on Markov to stay healthy now. It'll be really frustrating if he injures again.
We have to make some noise on the trade/UFA market this summer. We're really lacking up front to be a competitive team. We need at least one top-6 winger so Kostitsyn can be downgraded to the 3rd line, and a reliable d-man... And by reliable, I mean NOT 37 years old. Brewer would have been such a nice fit...
Well we'd have to move someone for that to happen. If we do trade Spacek, then getting Hamrlik back for a year wouldn't be all that bad. I wouldn't sign him before July 1st though because there will be a few good D available during free agency.
Wisniewski will get around 5.5-6 mil per year as a UFA...and for 4-5 years. Hamrlik will probably get 2.5-3 mil for one year...no comparison at all.
Pyatt I wouldn't mind seeing him moved and get a 4th liner that can play and drop the gloves(Hordichuk?). Halpern is a nice fit for us...wins faceoffs, productive on offense and helps on PK.
Wisniewski won't get a penny over 5M. Too deep of a UFA market as far as d-men are concerned.
The way Pierre Gauthier doesn't look like he's a very clever spender, it wouldn't surprise me the slightest if Hammer got 4M once again next season.
Hordichuk is a terrible hockey player, there are way better options out there.
And Halpern back would be a catastrophe. You can't keep giving spots blindly to washed up players and hope for an actual improvement short-term. You need diversity in your lineup. Halpern doesn't bring that at all.