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by Paul on 12/06/10 at 10:47 AM ET
from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,
It is time for a hard look at Andrei Markov’s future now that he’s lost for the season to the Canadiens. What does it hold for the team’s best defenceman facing major surgery for the second time in roughly seven months?
General manager Pierre Gauthier delivered the company line when he announced the team’s worst-kept secret on Friday.
“We are very confident that Andrei will be able to fully recover from this injury,” the GM was quoted in a statement.
We’re not talking about a groin injury or a strained knee here. The surgery Markov is to undergo in Alabama on Wednesday involves repairing a meniscus and reconstructing the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his knee. What that means is the biggest question facing the organization is whether or not he’ll ever again wear the jersey.
Markov becomes an unrestricted free agent at season’s end, so what does the team do?
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