Andrei Markov Out Indefinitely: Who Will the Montreal Canadiens Turn To?

May 2nd, 2010 by Mark Ritter Leave a reply »
The Montreal Canadiens have announced that defensive leader Andrei Markov is out indefinitely with what they are calling “a lower body injury.” At this time there is no definitive report out there that sheds light on Markov’s injury—it’s the playoffs, good luck getting a straight answer!

While it is unclear as to whether or not Markov will make it back for the Canadiens series against the defending Stanley Cup Pittsburgh Penguins, given the severity of the hit he absorbed at the hands of Matt Cooke and the apparent damage that was incurred by Markov’s knee, one can expect that he may in fact be done for the series, if not the rest of the season.

There are not a lot of players that can bring to the table the skills that Markov can on a nightly basis. With that in mind, while there is nobody on the Canadiens roster that can replace him, there are players that can step up.

Marc-Andre Bergeron was signed by the Canadiens when Markov went down with an injury in game one of the season. Bergeron, who struggles defensively, can be called upon to replace some of the offense that Markov brings to the table, especially on the powe ...

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