Markov has that superhuman ability to make his defence partners look better without appearing to really do anything. It's as though he can recognize a skill set and use a players strengths while covering weaknesses. Emelin is going to have a good year beside him even strength just because he knows that stepping up to make that hit doesn't leave a hole in coverage. I said it last year, brains don't deteriorate like legs. Diaz is good in his own right. I can see him playing pp Qb at some point in this year. Glad he has Markov to watch and learn from
We kind of lucked out all the times Gainey couldnt get UFAs because somebody else offered more:
Komisarek, Kovalev (replaced by Gionta), Briere, Smyth... all those guys didn't play as well as their contracts.
I think Komisarek would have had a better last few years had he stayed here for 4 years 14-15 mil or whatever they were offering. He went to TO and because of the money they expected a lot and he was in a no win situation.
I think Diaz likes Montreal, he is settling down here now, and montreal is the most city in NA that looks like europe if u know what i mean lol!
Diaz never played for another team than Zug in Switzerland. I think he's the kind of guy who doesn't care about money in the first place, but about feeling comfortable in his team - and it seems like he does feel great in Montreal. I wouldn't worry too much about him.
I really liked Diaz last year a lot of people overlooked him but I always thought he brought a lot of maturity for a rookie, must be the Swiss-Spanish swagger. Let's not forget that he is 27 years old but he is a keeper and should of been in the league 5 years ago.
Given he keeps healthy this is the kind of guy I hope MB will want to have long-term.