It's 3 years in a row he had major injuries, yet Gauthier's plan B was to sign Campoli with a week left in training camp cause he knew Markov wasn't ready anytime soon and that he had ****ed up!! Well we did get a 5th rounder for Wiz!!!!
I don't know how you translate minor surgery into major surgery honestly. An arthroscopy is a common surgery with basicaly no side-effects after.
Bummer. Again, though, that's not an excuse. The signing was done while knowing full well the risk. And again, the problem is NOT the signing. But it's building a defense that had to be able to overcome better his absence.
There's something that is really puzzling for me. Everybody who saw only tidbits of any practice during last week knew full well the guy is far from ready. I mean, he can't pivot on one side or has all the trouble in the world to do so. I guess surely a Markov at 70% would be better than Weber....but don't you risk way more by making him play at that condition? And you know that the guy will avoid to be hit like there's no tomorrow.
People are so quick to assume the worst. So he'll be back around New Year's. Big deal.
Gauthier said at the golf tournament "he shouldn't miss too many games". Now we're looking at half the season without a #1 defenseman and powerplay quarterback and we're supposed to not assume the worst?