Confirmed: Markov signed for three years

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The Canadiens tonight announced they’ve re-signed defenceman Andrei Markov to a three-year contract. It’s reported to be worth $5.75 million per year.

Gazette story, team release below it:

PAT HICKEY
The Gazette

ST. PAUL – Ninety  minutes after general manager Pierre Gauthier said there was no urgency in signing defenceman Andrei Markov, the Canadiens announced Thursday night  that the 32-year-old has signed a three-year contract worth $17.25 million. The $5.75 million cap hit represents Markov’s salary in his last contract.

The length of the contract was a bit of a surprise because there are question marks surrounding Markov’s health. He has played only 52 games over the past two seasons and is coming off his second major knee reconstruction.

The signing gives the Canadiens 16 players under contract with a commitment of nearly $48.5 million. The salary cap for the coming season was announced Thursday and will be $64.3 million. That means the Canadiens have approximately $15.8 million to spend and will have some extra cash after signing defenceman Josh Gorges, a backup goaltender and some spare forwards.

Stability was the key word Thursday as Gauthier discussed the Canadiens’ off-season moves.

“If you look at our team, we had only five players who were with the team three years ago,” he said on the eve of the National Hockey League entry draft draft. “We ranked 23rd in the league in terms of experience as a team and I think one of our goals is to build on what we have.”

If you read between the lines, Gauthier is saying that we shouldn’t expect to see Montreal involved in any blockbuster trades like the deals Thursday which saw the Philadelphia Flyers create cap room for goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov by trading Jeff Carter and Mike Richards.

Gauthier has been busy in the past week, signing Max Pacioretty, Mathieu Darche and David Desharnais before re-signing Markov.

He suggested that there was  no urgency to the negotiations with Markov and pointed to last summer when talks with Carey Price dragged on.

“If you remember, we didn’t have a goaltender but we finally reached an agreement with Mr.Price on Sept. 1,” said Gauthier.

There’s one difference in the two cases – Price was a restricted free agent and Montreal was in a position to match any offer sheet. In Markov’s case, he could have started entertaining offers next Friday.

The Canadiens finished the season with 11 defenceman and Markov, Hal Gill, P.K. Subban and Jaroslav Spacek are the only players in that group who are signed for next season. Gauthier said he hasn’t reached the point where he has ruled out any of the players but that will change with Markov’s signing.

“We’re keeping all our options open,” he said.

As for priorities in the draft, Gauthier went to the GM’s book of clichés when he said: “We’ll take the best player available regardless of position.”

Gauthier did say that, while he’ll listen to any offers that would allow the Canadiens to move up in the draft, he’s confident that the Canadiens will find a quality player at No. 17.

“Our scouts tell me this is a deep draft and we’re confident that we can get a player who’s as good as  players in the top 10,” he said.

The Canadiens don’t have a second-round pick but Gauthier noted that the acquisition of prospect Michael Bournival made up for the gap. Bournival was acquired in a trade for Ryan O’Byrne.

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Team release:

MONTREAL – The Montreal Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier announced today the signing of defenseman Andrei Markov to a three-year contract (2011-12 to 2013-14). As per club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

“We are very pleased that Andrei has made the decision to pursue his career with the Montreal Canadiens. A player drafted and developed by our organization, Andrei brings a high level of talent and leadership to our team. We look forward to having him back in our lineup for the start of the upcoming season,” said Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier.

Markov, 32, completed in 2010-11 his 10th season with the Canadiens in the NHL. The defenseman registered three points (1 goal, 2 assists) in seven games. He served four penalty minutes and maintained a +2 plus/minus differential, while averaging 22:54 seconds of ice time per game. Markov suffered a season-ending injury to his right knee on November 13 against Carolina.

Since 2000-01, Markov has registered 366 points (81 goals, 285 assists) in 623 NHL regular-season games. The 6’0’’, 209 lbs defenseman has recorded 361 penalty minutes and maintained a +31 plus/minus differential. Markov has scored 41 of his goals on the powerplay and two on the penalty kill. He has accumulated 18 points (3 goals, 15 assists) in 49 career NHL playoff contests.

A native of Voskresensk, Russia, Markov was the Canadiens’ sixth pick (third round, 162nd overall) at the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. He was part of the Russian team at the 2006 Torino and 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games.

273 Comments

  1. sally122 says:

    I’d feel better about our D if we had a real bruiser back there. That said, love Andrei and the coin is right. He is a great QB and with the emergence of PK, that gives our D a tremendous 1-2 punch. Here’s hoping he stays heal…
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  2. emann_222 says:

    Interesting thoiughts and comments coming from both sides of the fence here. I’ll be the first to admit that I was not thrilled with the prospect of doing a highpaying multi year deal for Markov, but the more I thought about it – the less it pained me.

    Understood that the last two years with 2 substantial surgeries is a risk. But for all the people screaming that Wisniewski should be signed … remember that he’s had 3 knee surgeries. Look at how strong he returned to the game.

    The only comments on here that really bothered me though – were the ones calling for a bruising defenseman so we can do damage to the Bruins. The last thing we need is to turn our glorious franchise into a goon fest. It’s never been our style, and should never become our style.

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  3. Dulljerk says:

    This deal is suspect in my opinion, this guy gets hurt an awful lot, and has missed the majority of 2 years of play. I wouldn’t have signed him.

  4. grid77 says:

    good! now we can trade him to nyi for their #5 pick…

  5. Jdub1985 says:

    Who’s going to stop Chara, Lucic and the stanley cup A-holes from putting another Hab on a stretcher? I play 50 games in 3 seasons and have no knees Markov? …Yemelin and PK? You want these kids to risk themselves? Gill? The guy doesn’t fight or know how to use his size physically. Then who?! With all the cash flow we had before this – I prayed for BIESKA or at least something mean. Who does PG expect to bloody Chara, Lucic if need be?! Oh, Montreal doesn’t play that kind of game … hockey isn’t about that … Ya? Look who won the goddamn SC!

    • habsfanmandy says:

      I completely agree with you. My dad has been saying this for years. What is it going to take to finally acquire someone who plays a little dirty and can protect our forwards.

      Yeah yeah we play skilled fast hockey … right. Until someone gets carried out on a stretcher. Yeah we’re the classiest team ever – and I love that about the Habs – but it’s a bit of an outdated concept and definitely unnecessary in a league of Bruins and Flyers and certain someones.

      I fear the Habs will never answer this need and continue to trundle along trying to beat teams like the Bruins and Flyers forever. Yikes.

      On a positive note, I love that Markov is signed, though IMHO one year two long and .75 mil too much a year. Regardless, after two freak injuries he may just surprise us and be healthy and awesome for 3 yrs. It was always gonna be a gamble.

  6. RetroMikey says:

    As much as I love MAakov and him signing for 3 years shows his dedication in staying with Montreal but signing an injury prone DMan to $17.25 million for 3 years is a what I am really concerned with.
    Holy shites! That is way too much money to sign someone who has been injured the past few seasons. Gauthieur is just throwing money around just as Bobby has done.
    I do hope Markov the best but if he is injured again, this contract is going to really hurt us.
    Next step, sign Wiz please! We need a rugged DMAn on this team!

    “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

    • Tony McLean says:

      I love the Wiz but we need more size than that. Wizniewski’s contri is mostly offensive, second only to Markov. Be great to have both but that still leaves us without even one physical d-man. Yes PK is strong and can really hit but that’s not his job – to be a policeman. (Except when Rat Marchand crosses the blue line…)

      “I shall always remember Beliveau. Now *there* was a captain.”

    • ZepFan2 says:

      Who’s MAakov?

      Wiz has had 3 surgeries all on the same knee.

      Give it a rest.

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  7. AndyF says:

    This just completely makes my day! A talented, loyal, hard-working player like Markov deserves this mark of respect from Les Glorieux.

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  8. The Cat says:

    Wow what a brilliant signing. Though not surprising, the organization seems to prefer to do right by people who havent delivered, than to do right to those that have.

    [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

  9. RJ says:

    GREAT MOVE. Now let’s get Gorges done.

    “My face is my mask,” Gump Worsley

  10. 24 Cups says:

    van Riemsdyk-Giroux-Voracek (the new kid line)

    Hartnell-Briere-Leino (worked well last year)

    Nodl-Schenn-Simmonds (biding their time under the radar))

    Carcillo – Betts -Powe (the grunt squad)

    Shelley

    http://www.capgeek.com/charts.php?Team=24

    • G-Man says:

      I think the Flyers stepped backwards. 56 goals last year from Carter and Richards has disappeared and it’s a huge gamble the kids will equal that.

      • HardHabits says:

        Maybe a step back on the short term, but a very short term at that. Leaps and bounds coming soon. The Flyers have acquired possibly one of the best young players not yet playing in the NHL in Braydon Schenn. The other players are nothing to scoff at. Voracek is a 7th pick with 46 points last season and he’s 6′ 2″, 214 pounds. Plus this draft’s 8th pick. Another 2nd and 3rd down the line. Simmonds has decent numbers too. If you ask me I think they got stronger. On the sort term and definitely on the long term.

        Weren’t you the one who said the Bruins would never win the Cup?

    • Marc10 says:

      It’s not a bad lineup, but yes… compensating for the loss of all that goal scoring and playoff experience won’t be easy. It will take a few years.

      That said, the Flyers still need to win now while Pronger is still 25+ minutes of nasty. If that guy ends up on the shelf, they don’t make the playoffs never mind win a round.

      In a year or two (provided Voracek works out), it might look like a very good trade. Richards must indeed be one heck of a flaming turd for the Flyers to get rid of him while wearing the C.

      It’s ironic that the Flyers ditch two big, strong centers and retain Briere and Giroux. Did Bob Gainey just set up shop over there? ;-)

      “To be irreplaceable, you have to be different”.
      Andy Warhol

      Go PK Go!

  11. RockinRey says:

    The fact that it is a two-way deal means that if Emelin doesn’t perform at the expected level in Montreal, he can be sent down to Hamilton at a reduced cost, and also that he may start the season in Hamilton. It has also been speculated that there could be a clause in the contract that would allow Emelin to return to Russia without repercussions if he can’t stick with the NHL club, although that will likely remain unconfirmed.

    • G-Man says:

      He will make the team, so please stop repeating it over and over.

      • RockinRey says:

        He will start out in Hamilton and come up during the season . Its my opinion! Relax… I notice that anyone who has a differing opinion gets ridiculed. He wont start the year with the big club and if he does he wont last . Just an opinion. You dont know anymore about him than anyone else does.

        • Sharks9 says:

          No he won’t, the reason he has a clause to go back to the KHL is because there is no way a 25 year-old is spending half the year in the AHL when he could be a starter in the KHL. He’ll start the year in Montreal, guaranteed.

          25 before 14

      • Tony McLean says:

        Maybe he will in the way Eller did, to justify his acquisition – even though he should have been in Hamilton part of most of the year. Look what it did for MaxPax.

        “I shall always remember Beliveau. Now *there* was a captain.”

    • Bob_Sacamano says:

      It´s highly unlikely that a 25 year old Russian international who had a very good season in the second best league in the world can´t make a Top 6,7 of an NHL team. That being said, I can see JM playing Spacek, Gill and Hamrlik while Emelin sits in the pressbox…

      • G-Man says:

        Hamrlik isn’t signed. Most times a reporter in Montreal speculates about signings, they’re wrong. PG, like BG, works below the media radar, so no one knows before it happens.

  12. Jdub1985 says:

    Great … 3 more years of a depleted D with no grit.

    Beantown gets another laugh.
    Chara, Lucic and the band of stanley cup winning A-holes will have no problem putting another Hab on a stretcher thanks to all our dough being invested in a 32 year old has been with no knees

    • Bob_Sacamano says:

      Yemelin offers no grit? Interesting and name me one NHL team that has two better offensive dmen than Markov and Subban?

      And what would Beantown laugh about? Habs were the better team in the six regular season games and Boston won only once in regulation in seven playoff games with Montreal obviously missing three key players…

    • Marc10 says:

      True we don’t have a Chara, but Yemelin, PK and Gill aren’t what I’d call soft.

      I wish we could swap Spacek for Mara. That would make me more comfortable, but hey that’s the kind of move we can make when we get to the deadline. While we wait for Tinordi or for the Habs to draft that giant kid…

      “To be irreplaceable, you have to be different”.
      Andy Warhol

      Go PK Go!

      • Tony McLean says:

        Gill is a gentle giant, wouldn’t hurt a fly, the Russian hasn’t played a game in the NHL and that’s not PK’s game, he’s there for his offense and flash. We still need 2 big tough D, Mara is not top 4 so what? He did the job asked of him, a loyal guy.

        “I shall always remember Beliveau. Now *there* was a captain.”

  13. HardHabits says:

    Yemelin’s last season stats:
    27 points (11 goals, 16 assists) *he led Kazan Ak Bars defensemen in goals*
    52 games games played
    seven PP goals
    110 shots on goal = 10% shooting
    21:18 per game
    +17
    92 penalty minutes

    The KHL clause is speculation. Yemelin is NHL ready. No AHL time for him.

    Worse case scenario is 7th on the depth chart. Highly unlikely.

    • RockinRey says:

      Thanks for clarifying KHL clause

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        Yemelin won’t go to Hamilton for these reasons.

        1) The stipulation that he will play in the NHL or go back to the KHL has been widely discussed. The clause was put in specifically to avoid going to Hamilton.

        2) He is 25 years old. He’s not an 18 year old rookie, he’s a grown man, who is mature enough to play with men.

        3) He has played at the highest level short of the NHL: KHL, World Championships, Olympics. His development is beyond an AHL defenceman.

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    • Tony McLean says:

      Saving this prediction for the fall.

      “I shall always remember Beliveau. Now *there* was a captain.”

  14. RockinRey says:

    There are no guarantees that Yemelin even starts the year with the Habs. Not so sure he doesn’t get put down to Hamilton for some more seasoning. I dont think the Habs can start the season with Spatch and the Hammer again.They really need to introduce someone else , a stud that has a slight mean streak.

    • Clay says:

      He will certainly not go to Hamilton. His contract stipulates that if he doesn’t play for the big club, he can go back to Russia to play.

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      • RockinRey says:

        The six-foot-two 223-pound blue-liner was drafted in the third round, 84th overall, by Montreal in 2004. He signed a two-way contract, which stipulates different salaries for the NHL or the minor leagues

        Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/stanleycup/story/2011/05/17/sp-yemelin-signed.html#ixzz1QAhoLmLZ

        • Talik Sanis says:

          Due to the fact that he is only now entering the league as a rookie, he had no choice but to sign a two-way contract. Further, as was stated, the contract contains a clause which will allow him to return to the KHL without penalty if he is sent to Hamilton. He did not leave a men’s league to play in the AHL.

          • RockinRey says:

            We’ll see . I bet he starts in Hamilton. The Russian league is not the NHL. And this guy has some adjustments to make. There are no guarantees. He is still very young.

        • HardHabits says:

          It has been speculated that there could be a clause in the contract that would allow Emelin to return to Russia without repercussions if he can’t stick with the NHL club, although that is unconfirmed.

          source: thecheckingline.com
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          Emelin, 25, has a one-year, two-way contract.

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          The experience he has acquired in the KHL over the past few years will make for a smooth transition to the NHL,” said Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier.

          source: canadiens.nhl.com

        • Clay says:

          Interesting…it was reported otherwise all over here. I must have missed the update…

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    • mbplekfan says:

      Yemelin plays for the Russian National team. That means he’s one of the top 8 Russian defencemen.

      How many NHL defencemen can make that team?

      Not many teams can say that their #3 defencemen is that good. Of course he will play in MTL.

      • RockinRey says:

        Not happening. I’m told he starts in Hamilton no matter how well he plays!

        • HardHabits says:

          Read above.

          A smooth transition to the NHL not a smooth transition to the AHL.

        • naweed235 says:

          no way he plays in Hamilton… for him it’s either MTL or back to the KHL… there is a clause on his contract that allows him to do that…
          BTW, “I’m told he starts in Hamilton no matter how well he plays!” does that mean you are close to PG? if so please convince him to sign the Wiz and trade Spacek…

          • RockinRey says:

            Bob Sacomano on another site ! Relax its late laugh a little . And he goes to Hamilton for more seasoning!

        • Sharks9 says:

          Told by who? He’ll start in the NHL for sure, KHL is better competition than the AHL so he doesn’t need to take a step back, he needs to step up and play in the NHL.

          25 before 14

      • Bob_Sacamano says:

        People still see him as a prospect. He´s not. He´s a proven player at Team Russia as well as in the second best league in the world.
        All that and his style in my point of view leaves no doubt that´ll make it in the NHL. If it wasn´t for Jacques Martin I´d say he´ll be considered one of our Top4 dmen at the beginning of november.

  15. MTLForever says:

    Why do people spell Gorges “Jorges” “Georges” … seriously, he’s been with us how long now? Learn his name.

  16. habs001 says:

    if the flyers sign b richards do people still think they are weaker? markov was a must signing as we are probably not going to get any major forward with a scoring touch thru ufa or trade…we need to have a d that generates offense for our forwards… the key is not how and why markov got injured but what state his knee is now, makes no difference how he got injured..

    • G-Man says:

      Flyer just traded away 50+ goals. That’s one hell of a hit. I don’t think Bryz is the answer to their D, although he will help. PG signed Markov, so let’s hope the doctor’s got it right this time.

  17. wild flower says:

    Happy to see Markov back. Hockey is a tough game and his injury history is not worse than many other’s. Who would want Crosby now – he’s injury prone?

  18. TheChangeling says:

    Three years? Hmmm.. maybe one too many… but just one year too many. I’m positive on this to tell you the truth. Markov’s dedication to the team somewhat comforts this signing for me. Hopefully he can put down the naysayers just like Price did after last summer.

  19. habstrinifan says:

    Simple question!

    Pretend you went to bed tonight and woke up tomorrow to the news that Gauthier had added A BIG STEADY MEAN D-MAN who can fight but more importantly brings aggressive intensity and protects the other skaters while on the ice.

    And he came at the price of $2mill to $4.0 mill. You can pick the players. Not TOP NOTCH… will be too expensive… but not a liability on the ice.

    So you have Markov; Subban; Gorges;new D-MAN; Yemelin;Gill;Spacek and Weber.

    The MARKOV signing and the term almost dictates that we a) forget WIZ and b) add that D-MAN with grit.

    On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the highest, how satisfied will you be with our D then.

    With me it will be a 10. Any other scenario drops my satisfaction quotient by at least 3.

    • Marc10 says:

      I’d love it. I’d love it even more if I woke up and PG had managed that AND had found a nasty 4th liner to take on Thornton and Lucy. And then added Jagr at under 2mil to play on the PP with Pleks. Yep. That’d be sweet.

      I’m still hopeful that I’ll get some of that now and all of that (or reasonable facsimile) at the deadline. Go the Goat.

      “To be irreplaceable, you have to be different”.
      Andy Warhol

      Go PK Go!

    • Propwash says:

      I thought Yemelin was the guy that could lay the hurt on if required???

    • habs03 says:

      I think that’s the goal, unless Hamrlik is resigned (hope not)
      you can have. That what you have give Gill less minutes but the D-man needs to be a gritty to play with PK to help him out in those after the whistle scrums.

      Markov-Gorges/Gorges
      D-man-Subban
      Gill-Yemelin/Gorges

      Weber/Spacek

    • Bripro says:

      Never mind a big D but rather a good sized D with a huge heart and loaded with talent.
      I know it won’t happen because he’s willing to take a cut from his $3.25 mm to stay in Vancouver, but I’d love to see Bieksa. And he’d fit into your salary range.

    • My question is why, when we got Emelin to do exactly this for under a million. Makes no sense.

    • ds says:

      Montreal’s defense is not holding them down, it’s the lack of offense. At worst Price is good enough that he can cover for defensive lapses but the team is solid defensively.

      Markov, Subban, Gill, Georges if healthy are a solid group defensively who can shut down anybody. Offensively the team gets shut down too often and need a game breaker.

      We have a potential superstar goalie (Price), potential superstar defenseman (Subban), now this team needs a potential superstar forward to win the cup.

      • Marc10 says:

        MaxPac could be that guy and down the road Eller could be center. That said, we’re not talking Stamkos here.

        “To be irreplaceable, you have to be different”.
        Andy Warhol

        Go PK Go!

        • ds says:

          They both got potential but this team has to go for the cup IMO while Plex, Gionta, Camm, Gill and Markov are all still in their primes and capable. Pac and Eller have some skill no doubt but they aren’t going to push this team over the hump right now. Also after this season Price & Subban are RFA’s they are going to get huge contracts I think, so ideally this is the best shot at going for the cup.

          Just like with Chicago, Toews, Kane etc were still on their entry deals when they won the cup then they had to blow the team up when they had to pay everyone what they were worth.

          Instead of Jagr go after Hossa put him with Plex, he’s also a complete player can score and kill penalties he would fit right into the team style, but we need a defensive center who can win faceoffs as well, someone like John Madden.

    • mike3131 says:

      I wish the Habs had that D-man that you are all describing, however, D-men like that don’t just grow on trees! I do not see any defensemen like that in the UFA pool and if we were to acquire such a defenseman, who would we give up? I hear Robyn Regehr in CGY could be a possibility but again, who would we give up?

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  20. Habs get stronger and the Flyers get MUCH weaker. Great day in the Eastern Conference.

    • deuce6 says:

      If Wiz is re-signed, I can live with this gamble as Wiz would be a good insurance policy..I really don’t want to add another MAB or give up anymore young players/picks for a stop gap again if Markov does get injured..

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      • Wiz is as much of a gamble as Markov is.

        • deuce6 says:

          No..No he’s not…

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          • habs03 says:

            this is one one the rare cases that a player being aggressive and physical is bad for a player like Wiz, he is a physical d-man, 1 of the 3 ACL/MCL injuries he has had was due to a fight. Wiz needs that edge in his game, Markov’s game is based on his vision, and stick work.

          • Propwash says:

            Yes, yes he is.

            Put it this way, Say Wiz is signed, both players get hurt, who do you think the team will miss more?

            Wiz is a MAB but quite a bit better physically, but nowhere near in the same area code as a Markov. *edit* as an all around defenseman.

          • So you claim, but provide no evidence. This was actually the first healthy season of Wisniewski’s career, and the first time he’d played over 69 games. He also finished the season injured. The evidence doesn’t help you.

          • ds says:

            Wiz is 26 and is a great player, Markov was the franchise player until they wisely got rid of the old guard, now he won’t be pushed so much but is 5 years older than Wiz. Ideally i’d keep them both, if one is cold you can call on the other. Wiz, Markov, Subban on the PP would be the best trio this team has had in a long time.

          • ZepFan2 says:

            Jeez, Wiz has had 3 surgeries all on the same knee.

            He’s a gamble!

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      • jimmy shaker says:

        Man…….MAB in a heartbeat over spacek…….then I can restart the MAB fan club! That would be sweet!

        Shaker

        • Dintrox says:

          MAB actually didn’t look too bad as a bolt.

          • jimmy shaker says:

            10-13 minutes a game, 5-6 of that on the PP. Coach using him against the 3rd or 4th lines and MAB is a decent player, with great offensive skills that won’t break the bank. And he still plays a somewhat rugged game even though his small stature tends to limit him. In a cap league, I think this guy is a huge player for the cash that he commands, that’s why I love him so much……plus for some reason, since I was little I’ve loved players who had lasers for shots…….MacInnis, Richer, Hull and MAB!!!

            Shaker

          • -12 in 37 games while facing the softest minutes a player can face. And all that for only 4 goals and 11 points.

          • ds says:

            MAB was great for us that one year but now he’s useless with the emergence of Subban who can do everything. One thing I’m wondering is Spacek was supposed to help on the PP with Markov is he ever going to get that opportunity, the guy used to be dangerous on Buffalo, their PP quarterback with Campbell, seems like both of them and Drury cashed out for far more than they are worth.

    • HardHabits says:

      Flyers get much weaker? Wow! Up is down in your world.

  21. Everlasting1 says:

    That’s G O R G E S people lol

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    ” There were giants on the earth in those days; and also after that (The Deluge), when the Sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bore children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.” Genesis 6:4

    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

  22. scrowe21 says:

    Simon Gagne. How much would you offer him and how many years?

    • 2 years, not more than 4M per.

      • Kooch7800 says:

        I wouldn’t give him more than three. He didn’t play that well last year in Tampa but did look good in the playoffs. I would give him a 2 year 3 mill deal for sure. Won’t happen though.

        • He’s struggled with injury, but I thought he looked good in the playoffs even if he wasn’t scoring much. He’s a tough minutes player who’s effective in all 3 zones. And the market is thin at forward so overpaying may happen.

          • scrowe21 says:

            Yeah. I was thinking he would probably get 4.5 somewhere.

          • habsoutsidein says:

            Gagne was almost a PPG in the last 25 games of the regular season and the playoffs. If healthy (that’s a big IF) he’s a player you want to have on your team. My gut feeling is that he’ll go back to Philadelphia to complete their top 9. JVR, Giroux, Voracek, Hartnell, Briere, Leino, Gagne, Schenn, Simmonds. Tell me how Philadelphia got weaker again…

          • @habsoutsidein: The Flyers can’t afford Gagne, and they surely can’t afford Schenn either. Schenn’s cap hit all but ensures that he’ll spend next year in the AHL. 3.1 million with all bonuses counting against the cap automatically. In order for them to fit in Gagne, he’d have to sign for dirt cheap, and at 31 he still has a few years to get major money, so I doubt he’d do it. As for how they got weaker, Simmonds and Voracek are good players but nowhere near the level of Carter and Richards. Philly will be weaker for 3-4 years at least.

  23. Kooch7800 says:

    Good signing. D is shaping up nicely. Jorges will be next. I would like to see Wiz back as well and our D would be pretty solid. I would offer Wiz 4 mill a season for 4 years. Wiz 4 million, Jorges, 3.25 for 4 years. Offer White just under 1 million and I would imagine they will bring back Pyatt for a mill on a one or two year deal and probably Pouliot for a mill for a year. Then they may sign a player like Halpern or someone unspectacular for a million and leave the last couple free mill for wiggle room.

    That is my prediction. They won’t let Pouliot Walk. The biggest question mark is Wiz. I think they do want him back as well. If they do that our PP will be stacked. Wiz, PK, Markov can all fire the puck. We do need help up front though but I think for some reason we still think AK is a top 6 player.

    • naweed235 says:

      as much as I love the guy but 3.25 for Georges is way too much specially for 4 years… I think its going to be more in the lines of 2.5 – 2.75 for 4 to 5 years… and yes, if they do sign the Wiz I think we will have the best D in the league with Spacek on the bench

      imagine
      Markov – Yemelin
      Pk – Gill
      Georges – Wiz…
      thats three pairings that you can run with any time in any situation…

  24. G-Man says:

    Glad to see Markov and the Habs work it out.
    Habs are so much better with a healthy Markov and the rising star Subban. For those of you wishing Spacek and Gomez away, the reality is they are not tradeable right now. Both have a fresh season to demonstrate their worth. Worst case is Spacek plays for 1 year at his inflated salary and is allowed to walk away. Not all NHL contracts are the best value for the money. There are plenty out there to laugh at, like the DiPietro and Lecavalier contracts. Oh, and that genius Holmgren just threw 51 mil at a goalie who has done zip in the playoffs.


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