Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 12/10/09 at 10:27 AM ET
from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,
Andrei Markov will be back in the lineup sooner rather than later.
That’s the impression you get from talking to the veteran Canadiens defenceman.
Markov suffered torn leg tendons when it was sliced by Carey Price’s skate in a freak accident during the NHL season opener on Oct. 1 in Toronto. The original prognosis said Markov would be out of action until February.
But he has been skating with his teammates for the better part of a week.
“I feel pretty good, I’m skating with the team and I need a little more time,” Markov said.
There’s no pain in the leg but “it feels different.” The main obstacle to his return appears to be conditioning.
“I feel like I’m starting training camp, so I have to take it step by step.” Markov, who said he’s in daily contact with doctors, has a date in mind for his return, but he’s not willing to share it. But nobody should be surprised if Markov is back before the New Year.
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