Guest JL Posted June 8, 2007 Report Share Posted June 8, 2007 I have to disagree with you, my friend. IMHO, Markov is comparable to all of those players. Im not saying htey are the same players, but they all have pluses and minuses that make them similarly valued imo. Here is why: A healthy salo a good player - but he's consistenly scored 20-30% less points than markov & imo makes a few more brain flubs in his own end. Thats no knock on him, I personally would consider him to be worth maybe $4.5m. BUT - he's NOT healthy - he's missed over 60 games in the last 4 years. He's always had injury problems (even worse in ottawa if memory serves) and that HAS to reduce his salary. JovoCop is a similar situation. I personally think he was signed for too much. Healthy, sure he's worth a lot, but he's missed an average of 35 games a season. Also, this season, I dont think he was anywhere near as good as he can be...he was at the allstar game based on past play imho. Chara - he's a phenomenal physical specimen, but again, he's averaged less points than markov & imo if I was on a PK against a speedy team like buffalo, Id much rather have markov than chara in the back line. His huge size makes him have trouble with fast, littel players - thus he often takes bad penalties. McCabe...hits the same argument thats been going on the last 10 pages - Souray vs Markov. Kubina...when you're best season ever is 38 points...and you average about 28...well, I think Markov is head & shoulders above this guy point wise...and somewhat better than him defensively. Anyway, I dont want to fight, I just felt the statement was not warranted. Markov is as elite (in different ways) than any of those guys you noted...My 2 cents. Jovanovski, McCabe, Chara and Kubina are offensive defensemen with serious lack in their own end. They are recognized around the league as high risk, offensive minded defensemen. They are comparable to Sheldon Souray, not Markov in my opinion. As for Salo, you are right about his injuries but from watching him play here in BC, I strongly disagree with your assessment about the brain flubs in his own end as more often than not, he's the one covering for others mistakes in the Canucks' zone. Here's TSN's scouting report: Assets Has one of the hardest point shots in the league. Reads the ice well and knows when to jump into the play. Is solid in his own end and executes good breakout passes. Flaws Isn't very physical, despite being 6-3, 215 pounds. His durability is constantly questioned and staying healthy is always an issue. Career potential Top four defenseman. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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