BigTed3 Posted July 27, 2017 Report Share Posted July 27, 2017 if Markov really did want 2 years at 6M a season, then letting him walk is the right decision. That being said, I really question what Marc Bergevin's plan is (or if he even has one). Not paying Radulov and Markov only helps if you actually spend that money on someone else. It doesn't help us to have 9-10M in cap space at the start of the year. Cap space doesn't score goals or win you games. If MB thought there was a chance Markov would move on, then why trade Beaulieu? Why trade Sergachev without having another left-handed puck mover to step in to fill the hole left by Markov. In one off-season, MB has lost the entire left side of his defence (Markov, Emelin, Beaulieu) AND the heir apparent there (Sergachev). And he's replaced those players with a collection of guys who are either too slow or not skilled enough to play in the top 4. We're weak down the middle up front but we're equally weak down the left side of our defence (Alzner, Schlemko, Davidson, Jerabek, Streit just doesn't cut it). Not sure what MB envisions for his line-up, but if defence and being strong down the middle of the ice are what wins you championships (and recent Cup winners all seem to have that in common), then MB is failing miserably and flailing big time at trying to solve these dossiers. No matter whether you like or dislike moves like Hemsky, Fleischmann, Montoya, King, Mitchell, Byron, Morrow, or Holland, these are simply not moves that win or lose you Cups. The fact remains that Bergevin continues to be unable to address real team needs. So while I can live with Markov being allowed to walk, you want to know MB made that decision because he has another plan to replace that player and a plan to make better use of that cap space. Right now, it just doesn't seem like that's the case. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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