First off: Devastating news – Markov out for 3-4 months. He was the only bright spot during last year. He was probably the only irreplacable player on the squad. Only Lidstrom has more points as a defenseman since the lockout. Look for Shawn Belle or Carle to make their way into a few games in the next little while (once the dogs are home from Europe). I don’t think Gainey will want Weber or Subban just yet. The other possibility is that Gainey will try to exchange a few younger guys for an NHL ready guy in the 2-3 million range in order to solidify a now VERY shaky defense corps.
I have tickets to the game against the Sabres. I WAS excited to watch Markov QB the PP which has looked quick and dangerous. Now I’ll be watching to see if Spacek can stick it to his former squad. Go Habs Go!