Markov is and always will be more valuable than Gorges. Certainly, on the ice. This is a huge blow to the team. Gio, I expect the players knew was going to move on. He was losing effectiveness and while he may have been a good leader, it could not justify his salary and having to play him top 6 minutes. He just couldn't produce at that rate anymore.. But Gorges, that came out of nowhere to me. Yeah sure his contract was on the books for 4 more years, but at 3.9M, that isn't all that expensive for a reliable top 4 D. Furthermore, not such a huge price to pay for what could easily have been the future captain. Now he's playing for a division rival (oh boy..). That will be very hard to watch. What this tells me is they really like where Beaulieu is, where Tinordi will be going and where Emelin will be on his natural side. He seemed slow as hell to me this year so hopefully a full summer of rehab and playing his good side will help him improve. Otherwise I don't see him becoming a whole lot better than what he already is. He is ok, but he is not a star.
I just hope to good God nobody goes nuts in there and does something stupid like give Subban the C and makes Markov or Plucky the captain (I'd pick Markov, personally) and when the Russky retires, hopefully Subban will have grown up enough to wear it. I think he will, but giving it right now would be a very bad idea.
We also need another winger. I don't know/think Sekac will be the answer and Gallagher, while he is a compete hard, play hard guy, I don't know can have scoring success long-term. He is not a legit top 6 threat night-in, night-out, so we need to improve at wing. We have depth at C, maybe moving Eller makes sense? But I hate losing a C like that when Plekanec is about 2 years away from being ineffective.. I would not want to make that call right now.
Good luck, Bergevin. You still should have handled the Gorges deal better.. But I still trust ya.