Andrei Markov and the Montreal Canadiens: What Does the Future Hold?

November 14th, 2010 by Rosalyn Roy Leave a reply »
After tearing an ACL in last season’s playoffs, Andrei Markov finally returned to the lineup a scant seven games ago. Last night versus the Carolina Hurricanes, the Habs' best defenseman once again went down to the ice in pain with his gloves flying off, pounding the sideboards in frustration.

I can only sympathize. Like him and many other Habs fans, I’m feeling very frustrated this morning.

Markov has been down this road very recently twice before. He knows by now when his injuries are serious. Like me, he has to be wondering is what this means for his future with the Montreal Canadiens.

Next summer Markov will be an unrestricted free agent. His agent has said that the Canadiens wanted to wait a bit before opening talks, and I’m pretty sure that after last night, talks between the veteran blue-liner and Pierre Gauthier are going to the wire.

Markov may or may not be “accident prone,” but there’s really no arguing that he’s had some terrible luck the past two seasons when it comes to his health.

A fluke skate incident at the beginning of last season kept him out until December. Upo ...

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