Montreal Canadiens: Andrei Markov Finally Returns to Roster, but for How Long?

March 16th, 2012 by Scott Weldon Leave a reply »
Injuries have kept defenseman Andrei Markov out of the lineup for the better part of the last three seasons. The last time he played a near-full season was 2008-09, when he had 64 points in 78 games.

At that time, he was the best defenseman on the team, and one of the better puck-movers in the league.

It has been three long depressing years for Markov since then. The team has waited for him ever since, suffering through three aborted returns since then. This latest return has to have Canadiens fans wondering if Markov can ever play a role on an NHL team again, let alone return to the level of play he last showed at age 30.

Despite Markov's injury-prone history, Montreal GM Pierre Gauthier signed him to a three-year, $5.75 million-per-year contract during the offseason.

So far, he has managed to play three games in the first season of his new contract before getting hurt again. he is expected to miss tonight's game with the Ottawa Senators after taking a puck to the face versus the Senators Wednesday night.

The 33-year-old has looked fine so far. His experience and puck-moving ability could still be useful for a team like the Ca ...

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