I wouldn't envy PG's job right now. He has to try and make the playoffs, protect future assets and then offer contracts to both Markov and Gorges this summer. Not an easy task, especially when neither may be ready to play at the start of next season, and both will be coming off major knee surgeries. I see Boris Valabik is available on waivers. He reminds me a bit of Hal Gill, so maybe they could sign him to clean the crease for Price? This is just unbelievable. Such a promising start to the season, and now???
If there is a plus to this, it does give management an opportunity to evaluate the defensemen they have to see what they need going forward.
if i look at it as just entertainment, with no attachment to my team and winning, it does excite me to see how we are going to go about handling all these new challenges.
That's exactly what I've been doing since the beginning of the season, it's better that way (I also can't really follow the team much as I'd want to, due to a hectic schedule) I'm really excited to see how the defense core will look like next year.
If Gorges is 37 yr old and playing top minutes, then ok, but the guy is like 27. He was not injured because he played more minutes than he should. He played about the same minutes as Gill, who is much older. By your theory, Gill would be death by now considering his age.
Gill also slowed down quite a bit for the same reasons. He played a role he couldn't play within his abilities.
But keep believing Martin's way of using Gorges, Gill and even Price is correct.
Tough blow for sure. Time to see what the depth is all about while it will never replace guys of Gorges and Markov quality. But one thing is sure....we already know what the end of the year conference press will sound like. For whoever wanted a lot of changes next year, don't expect it.
I'm just stunned that Gorges had to miss every single practice for how many weeks now before he aggravated it. If he's too banged up to miss every practice, they had to realize and make him understand that he had to sit or get a special treatment way before this happens....
Well that's what you get when you keep playing your injured players because they are "veterans" and bench your rookies. This D is going to get destroyed the way Martin plays them. Hamerlik will be next. Definitely thank Martin for this one and maybe the Med staff.
Subby has to step it up and Weber as well
.... not good, but maybe it will work out. Stranger things have happened. Our D was getting crowded...