I turned on my television and listened to journalist Steve Simmons and ex-GM Craig Button on TSN say why the Habs will take the biggest step backward in the east.
The biggest step backward in the east? Really?
Craig Button – They can’t rely on just Josh Gorges and Andrei Markov, who are coming off such major injuries. They lost Roman Hamrlik and James Wisniewski, and it’s just too much to ask. There are also questions marks. Can Scott Gomez rebound, and will Andrei Kostitsyn continue to be streaky?
Steve Simmons – Two big things – losing Wisniewski…. and Andrei Markov WILL NOT play. He won’t play. You’re taking two major parts out of the team, and they’re relying too heavily on goaltending and I don’t see where they get better. You’re asking Price to be the best in the league and that is too much to ask.
My little rebuttal. Wiz was good but not great. He made a lot of mistakes last year handling the puck and finding himself out of position, and Chris Campoli could prove to be a fine addition. Montreal came within a goal of going on to big things last year, without Gorges, Markov, and of course Max Pacioretty. And Hamrlik, as solid and smart as he’s been, has been slowing down and will be even slower this year.
To Steve Simmons, maybe you’re right that Markov won’t be back. But how do you know this? Did you go to same medical school as Mark Recchi? And Price will be the best in the league regardless of if we ask him or not.
Did either of you consider that P.K. Subban, with a year under his belt, will be even better? Did you forget about Erik Cole adding size and scoring up front, along with a healthy Max Pacioretty? And maybe young Raphael Diaz and Alexei Yemelin, groomed in the KHL, will stick and be more than enough to replace Wiz and Hammer.
At the end of the show, a tweet was read that said the Leafs have as good a chance of making the playoffs as the Habs. Grrrrr.