I wouldn't mind Markov back on a 2-3 year contract for roughly the same money he's making now but if he wants a longer term or more money I'd move him at the deadline. MB should meet with Markov about a week or so before the trade deadline and tell him this is what he's prepared to offer and if that isn't good enough for him he will look to trade him. A rebuilding team like the Habs can't really afford to keep Markov and then risk losing him for nothing if his demands are too high for the Habs.
I still don't think Markov will be traded at the deadline and will be re-signed by the Habs.
Meh. I'll believe it only when Markov's re-signed, traded or gone...
Until then, I won't believe what media have to say. I strongly doubt they know anything. Or they're just misconstruing thins intentionally, like most of the time.
I am with you man . I also warn the internet GMs to be careful what they wish for . No team is going to give up any impact player in a swap and so it will all be up to Timmins to make something of it. Then there's the not so small matter of losing Markov - great defenseman , great pp guy , mentor , leader . Good luck with an offensively challenged team losing this guy.
Getting a first round pick for Markov would help accelerate the rebuilding. It might also help the acquiring team in he 2014 playoffs. If Markov is traded and the Habs are eliminated early I'd probably root for the team Markov is traded to. That's safe to say because I doubt he'd be traded to a detestable team in the East.
I like Markov, he's been great for the Habs. Problem is, our Habs are not in anyway going to be a legitimate threat for the cup. There is no sense keeping him while we are trying to re-tool our team to one that can.
You trade him, get a high pick and a real prospect for the type of game we need to play to be a contending team.
Along with this, if there is a chance to get rid of other veterans (i.e. Gionta, Bourque, Murray, Briere) you do it.