However, with a good system, if New Jersey succeeds with Oduya and Martin as their best d-men, we can succeed with Spacek and Hamrlik. Long term, it could get harder, but short term, I think we can find a way to overcome this. Look at Pittsburgh without Gonchar last year. They struggled, but they found a way to stay decent.
Let's just hope for the best and let Markov come back as quick as possible.
They fell off the playoff picture then resurged upon his return.
Sportsnet likely isn't going to post something like that without a good lead. Someone like Kypreos has good sources and often is the first to break a hockey story. Maybe Sportsnet Habs reporter Louis Jean spoke to a Habs player or overheard something in the dressing room. Just because the official press release hasn't disclosed much doesn't mean people close to the team haven't heard more.
I'd trust Sportsnet before I would many of the Montreal local media.
Come on dude... They just can't know it. At the time this article was posted, Markov still was in the ambulance heading for the hospital.