You Be the Canadiens’ GM, Question No. 3: Re-Sign or Trade Andrei Markov?

June 21st, 2010 by Kamal Panesar Leave a reply »
In question three of my five-part survey on what fans would do they were the Habs' GM, I asked readers what they would do with Andrei Markov. Sign him? Trade him? Wait till the trade deadline?

Here's a sampling of what fans had to say:

Question#3: Re-sign or trade Andrei Markov?
1. Re-sign Markov. He's a top five D-man year in and year out, and he's a huge impact on the rest of the D corp. Also crucial to PP and PK special teams.

2. Trade him and get another stellar defensemen like Lubomir Vishnovsky.

3. I couldn't bear the thought of trading a top five-seven defenseman when the only offensive help from the blueline besides Markov is coming from a 21-year-old rookie.

Markov's injuries are not recurrent, just pure bad luck (See Price's skate, Cooke's hit). We finally have a great top pair on D for the coming years in Markov/Subban. Let them be. I would only trade Markov for a stud young center ala Staal, Carter, Kopitar, and that ain't happening!

3. I think we should trade him...maybe even package him with Halak to get a big top six forward. It's a lot to give up, but the return has the potential to change this franchi ...

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