Markov didn't get injured last season. We signed him after the fact. That is like trading for Pronger or Savard and subsequently whining that they are injured. The only real injuries were Gionta's and Moen's. I guess you can count White if you really believe that such an interchangeable player would have had a dramatic positive impact on the team (hint: nope). I think Darche also missed quite a few. According to most, this should have helped the team...
I disagree and I wouldn't compare Markov to the other two. His 2nd ACL surgery should have been 6 month recovery which would have it had him healthy right around the time he signed his extension last summer. At the very least, October was an easy guess. I remember at the time of his second surgery around the time Martin was fired, it was said Markov could've played but had the 2nd surgery to clean some fluid so he could be 100%.
Basically, what I'm saying is not lump Markov with Pronger/Savard. It's so frustrating (but understandable) seeing people discard the General. I think he'll be back at at least 90% of his past form this year. He's too smart and too physically committed to not come to camp this year ready to dominate. I can't wait to watch him pass the puck, IMO it was the best part of watching the Habs from 05-08.
I truly think Plekanec and Markov put this team on their backs and have great years. They're the guys now, the longest standing Habs.
Indeed, but until they get rid of him, Gomez will likely be factored into the starting lineup somewhere. I just didn't know where so I made that lol line. Possibly, Patches and DD might switch places. Every line you try to fit Gomez into looks bad on paper, except for that old Pacioretty-Gomez-Gio line.
We should have kept the Wiz. I'm sure he would have accepted a discount to stay with the Habs. Also, he was really clicking with Subban on the PowerPlay and was still better defensivly then Kaberle, Campoli, Emelin (at the beginning of the season) and Diaz (at the beginning of the season). Future is looking bright though with a very good prospect pool hopefully guys like Leblanc, Palushaj, Geoffrion and Gallagher will finally be ready to take on full time NHL duties.