Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/03/11 at 07:05 AM ET
from Arpon Basu of CTVMontreal,
Later this month, Andrei Markov will step on the ice in Brossard to practice with his teammates when the Canadiens open training camp ahead of the 2011-12 season.
It will also mark the official start of the Markov Injury Watch.
Every time the defenceman does a simple skating drill, or engages a teammate in a corner, or changes direction suddenly because he feels like getting a drink at the bench, Markov’s ability to complete the manoeuvre unscathed will be noted.
His first pre-season game – whether that’s Sept. 20 at home to the Stars, one night later at home to the Sabres or (the smart money’s on this one) Sept. 23 on the road in Ottawa – will be as highly-scrutinized an exhibition game as we’ve seen since, well, since last season.
While the level of intrigue regarding Markov’s health risks verging on the ridiculous over the next few weeks, it’s only because what he is attempting to do is a pretty rare occurrence.
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