Even if Markov were to come back around all star break, how much of an impact can he have after being out for more than 1 year. If by that time Habs are still way out of playoffs, maybe we won't see him at all.
White is the keystone to this organization.
His breed is the rarest commodity in Hab land.
He is not weak, soft, cowardly, or lazy unlike the vast majority of this team.
I am (as I imagine like everyone) going to be very excited when White comes back, he will bring a whole new dimension BUT I still think Gionta, Gomez and Markov (let's just pretend we're only talking about Gomez cuz the other two are ridiculous to compare) are equally important. Even if Gomez starts on a 4th line, I'm convinced that he will get going. His injuries have been unfortunate and we honestly haven't seen much of him at all this season and from what we did, it wasn't bad. He brings a ton of speed to the attack. We've had a lot of trouble gaining the zone. He can make us better and I'm looking fwd to having them all back. That's why I'm against all the defeatism and desire to tank. We can be good, very good as long as we stop underachieving. And no I don't think the expectations we had for these players were too high. They're underachieving.