We're still a playoff team IMO. But Hab teams aren't built to last very well through seasons. So thank god it's only 48 games. And right now, Markov is finished as a quality NHL defender. He just can't move anymore. The signs for a slump were there and now Diaz and Bourque's absence exposes how we can't find any scorers in the system left over. At this point, I'll be happy just to take 6th seed cause the way things are going we will also be passed by Ottawa and god forbid Toronto. Remember, nothing's wrapped up yet. We will drop to 1-3-1 in our last 5 here but if we go the rest of the year at anything like 5-10 (with no bonus points) we can still make the playoffs but that'd be a real discouraging sign heading in. Wouldn't wanna play a 1st round series with the Pens or B's when we can draw an Ottawa or Winnipeg instead.
I don't know how anyone can say Markov is "finished" when he's had tons of good games this season.
The problem is he shouldn't be playing 30 minutes a night. He wasn't a 30 minutes a night defender before his knees gave out, and he's certainly not one now.
Isn't Gionta supposed to be fast? He's slow as **** and can't hit the net to save hif life. He's useless. And yet Therrien plays him at every chance on the PK, PP and first line. Trade so we can play Eller and Galchenyuk more and reward players who actually deserve it.
If you tell me to look at his goal count well c'mon at the number of chances he gets, the number of stupid shots he takes and playing with a good playmaker as Pleks of course you re gonna score some!
Habs better not empty their picks and prospects to get Clowe or whoever. We are not at the Pens or Boston level even if they are close games. We are talking about series here. Not just 1 game here and there.