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TSN’s Insider Trading, Sportsnet’s HC panel: on DiPietro, the Canadiens’ defensemen and Phaneuf

After hearing about little other than the Buffalo Sabres' former co-captain and his former goaltender over the past week, it was refreshing to hear TSN's "Insider Trading" panel, a.k.a. Bob McKenzie, Pierre LeBrun (who touched upon several of the below-mentioned topics in his "Rumblings") and Darren Dreger discuss non-Sabres topics--after touching upon the obvious Vanek and Miller angles.

TSN both posted a video of the gentlemen conversing and a transcription thereof:

[A]nother goalie is trying to get back to the NHL. Rick DiPietro got the second largest buyout in NHL history, $24 million. He'll never see that kind of money again, but will he get another shot in the NHL?

Bob McKenzie: It's a possibility. The Carolina Hurricanes are having problems in net. Obviously, Cam Ward is out for the next few weeks with an injury and Anton Khudobin is out for at least another week. So, they signed DiPietro to an AHL tryout contract on the weekend and what's going to happen now is that they want to see him in action. On Wednesday and Thursday night, DiPietro is scheduled to play for the Charlotte Checkers in the American Hockey league, on the road in Grand Rapids and Rockford. How he performs in those games, coupled with how Justin Peters plays for the Hurricanes in their next game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday night will determine how quickly or if Rick DiPietro can get back up.

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Give Markov A Break

from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,

To be fair, Markov looks tired and beat up and it’s probably true that he hasn’t been the same since Alexei Emelin was hurt in a 2-1 victory over the Bruins at the Bell Centre April 6. Emelin was sidelined for the season and Markov very much misses his physical, stay-at-home partner.

The night Emelin was hurt, Markov played a shade under 24 minutes and was a minus-1. He was over 25 minutes with another minus-1 in the club’s next game, a loss to Washington, minus-1 with two points and a power-play goal against Buffalo, minus-2 in the debacle in Toronto that signalled the beginning of this skid, minus-1 against the Flyers, even with a late goal against Pittsburgh, minus-1 against Tampa Bay and minus-1 against the Caps Saturday.

Since Emelin went down, Markov is minus-8 in eight games, while consistently playing between 22 and 26 minutes throughout.

Remember, this is a guy who hasn’t played anything like a full season since 2008-09. This season, he has played 21 games with Chekhov Vityaz and 45 games with the Habs during a short, brutally intense NHL campaign.

Markov isn’t old, but he is 34, trying to run a marathon after four years of short sprints. Rather than cursing Markov, fans and the media in this town need to take the long view of what he’s trying to accomplish here, understand how very difficult that is in light of his recent history, and cut the guy a break.

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Setback For Markov

via Renaud Levoie of RDS (translated),

Here he is now assured he will not play in December, because it will have an operation on his right knee.

He will undergo minor arthroscopic surgery to clean debris in his knee.

Is this good news? Not at all. But at least we understand a little better why Markov was not comfortable on the ice, he always pivoted on the same side.

Pierre Gauthier has confirmed what I told you last Monday, Markov believed to be able to play this week, but it was revised when he met with his doctor. It was determined that the situation did not improve as long as it will not be operated again. The problem is that the debris causing swelling and discomfort.

That said, if all goes well, Markov could be back on the ice in two weeks. Still, it must start from scratch because even if his knee was almost 100%, it will not off-ice training for several days.

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Time To Start Playing Andrei Markov

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

It isn’t because he owes something to his teammates, who have kept the Canadiens close to a playoff spot in his absence. Nobody will admit Markov’s absence has been a distraction, but it has to be in the back of everyone’s mind that - while a healthy Markov won’t cure all the Canadiens’ ills - the defence will be better and so will the anemic power play. It means Yannick Weber can concentrate on being Mark Streit Light, that Tomas Plekanec won’t be wasting his time on the point on power plays, and Alexei Emelin can be tutored on the finer points of the game in his own language.

And it isn’t because Markov feels a debt to the Canadiens, who showed their faith in his recuperative powers in the off-season when they signed him to a three-year deal worth $17.25 million.

Markov should return because he owes it to himself. He’s a man of few words, but you can hear the passion in his voice when he expresses his frustration over not playing. You could see the joy in his expression the day he rejoined his teammates at practice.

Hockey is a major part of his life and, while there will be some anxiety the first time he steps on the ice for a game, the only way to know he’s ready is to test the knee in battle.

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Markov Close To Return

from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,

Andrei Markov, who hasn’t played in a little over 12 months, was taking a regular shift with fellow Russian Alexei Emelin at practice Monday, and also found himself lining up on the top power-play unit with P.K. Subban on the right point.

Coach Jacques Martin wouldn’t confirm that Markov will be coming back on Wednesday in Anaheim, but past practice indicates that the team prefers to ease the 32-year-old into action on the road so draw your own conclusions.

“I don’t know if Wednesday is going to be the day, but we’re getting closer,” Martin said.

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Canadiens Knew Of Risk When Signing Andrie Markov

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

Markov, who underwent his second major ACL reconstruction on his right knee in December, skated on his own in Brossard on Thursday and it was obvious that he’s far from 100 per cent.

General manager Pierre Gauthier acknowledged as much when he addressed the media at the team’s golf tournament Wednesday, but he put on optimistic spin on the situation while preaching patience.

“It’s always a risk when you sign older players, first, and it’s a bigger risk when you sign older players who have had injuries,” said Gauthier, who gave Markov a three year deal worth $17.5 million. “But you evaluate that as a calculated risk, and you also evaluate what your options are. In the case of Mr. Markov, he’s such a professional, such a hard working person,” Gauthier added.

“One of the things that was interesting about his knee is he had absolutely no collateral damage. The ACL was torn a second time, but in a lot of cases with knee injuries there’s something else that’s gone wrong, like an MCL or some cartilage. In his case, it was strictly one band that was ruptured. So we feel pretty good about his prognosis.”

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Markov Watch About To Begin

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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Habs Sign Markov

Update: 11:35pm ET: via Sportsnet.ca—3 years, $5.8 million per year.

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MONTREAL (June 23, 2011) – Montreal Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier announced tonight the signing of defenseman Andrei Markov to a three-year contract (2011-12 to 2013-14). As per club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

“We are very pleased that Andrei has made the decision to pursue his career with the Montreal Canadiens. A player drafted and developed by our organization, Andrei brings a high level of talent and leadership to our team.  We look forward to having him back in our lineup for the start of the upcoming season,” said Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier.

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Markov Still Talking New Contract With Montreal

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

Andrei Markov, who is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, and Josh Gorges, who is a restricted free agent with arbitration rights, are still unsigned.

Markov’s agent, Don Meehan, said he and Gauthier are working on a deal for Markov and they will meet this week at the NHL entry draft in Minnesota. The 32-year-old Markov is coming off a long-term deal that paid him an average of $5.75 million. He has been the Canadiens’ best defenceman, but he has been injured in each of the past two seasons and has undergone three major surgeries.

Questions about his health will effect the talks, particularly when the discussion turns to the length of the contract….

Gauthier does have some money to play with as the salary cap goes up to $64 million. Monday’s signings raise the current commitment to $43.7 million, which leaves Gauthier with $20.3 million. Take away $5 million for three minimum-wage forwards, a seventh defenceman - Yannick Weber’s signing will be announced shortly - and a backup goalie and that leaves $15 million. That’s enough to satisfy Markov and Gorges with more than enough left over for a top-six forward.

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Will Markov Be A Canadien Next Year?

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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Markov Out For The Season

MONTREAL  – The Montreal Canadiens announced Friday that defenseman Andrei Markov will undergo a knee surgery on Wednesday, December 8. The surgery, to repair a meniscus and reconstruct the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), will be performed in Alabama by doctor James Andrews.

“We are very confident that Andrei will be able to fully recover from this injury,” said Canadiens’ general manager Pierre Gauthier.

The 31-year old Russian defenseman will not return this season. Markov suffered a knee injury during a game on November 13 against Carolina at the Bell Centre and missed the team’s last nine outings.

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It’s for real: Markov-less era begins, again

Two weeks ago I posted updates from Tony Marinaro’s Twitter regarding the health of Andrei Markov. Late last night, the Team 990’s Marinaro provided more details on what’s ahead for Andrei Markov. The bad news: surgery next week, and he’s gone for up to a year. And there’s really no good news, except that Markov is expected to make a full recovery.

Markov will have his surgery performed by Dr. James Andrews, who many in baseball call “Dr. Bad News.” They always say a visit to Andrews generally means a long time on the shelf - and that appears to be the truth.

For those interested, the always reliable Tony Marinaro’s Twitter feed:

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It’s Not Just Randy Newman: The Habs also love LA

Or, at the very least, they like playing the LA Kings. The Montreal Canadiens looked determined on Tuesday, putting in an impressive night’s work in a 4-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings. The Habs were led by a goal and an assist from first star Andrei Kostitsyn, and 24 saves from Carey Price.

A milestone goal late in the second period was Lars Eller’s first as a Hab, 22 games into his tenure as a Montreal Canadien. While Eller has been a disappointment thus far, he has worked hard in his meagre eight or nine minutes of ice time each game. It was nice to see him, finally, rewarded.

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The sans Markov era begins with a win

Many expected the Montreal Canadiens to be somewhat lackluster on Tuesday night, perhaps downtrodden due to the long absence that appears to be ahead for their best defenceman, Andrei Markov. But give the Canadiens credit, they brought their best game to the Bell Centre, defeating the Philadelphia Flyers 3-0 in their first meeting since last spring’s heartbreaking playoff defeat.

Carey Price picked up where he left off against Carolina on Saturday night, making several highlight reel saves in leading the Habs to their fourth straight victory. Seriously folks, some of these were phenomenal. He has really turned a corner. And how about that, three shutouts this season for Carey Price, who previously got shutouts on a frequency comparable to appearances by Haley’s Comet. This level of goaltending is something Montreal hockey fans have not seen from Carey Price. He was good in 2008, but this is better. Carey Price is for real.

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Report- Markov May Be Out For The Season

via Kevin Mio of Habs Inside/Out,

It is the words no fan of the Canadiens wants to hear, but defenceman Andrei Markov could miss the rest of this season.

That is what is being said in French-language reports by Agence QMI, citing reliable sources. The report says the all-star defenceman could be out of action for as long as eight months, with the possibility he could miss up to a year.

The Canadiens have said nothing more than Markov suffered a lower-body injury and that further tests were needed to evaluate the defenceman’s right knee.

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Habs win weekend, lose Markov

The Montreal Canadiens find themselves atop the Northeast division after a week that included three tough matches against Vancouver, Boston and Carolina. Carey Price was phenomenal in all three games, and the Brian Gionta-Scott Gomez line, much maligned this season, seems to finally be coming to life. Impressively, the Canadiens earned six points, all regulation wins.

However, as everyone now knows, the news for Montreal was not all good. All-star Andrei Markov fell awkwardly in a collision with Eric Staal late in Saturday’s game against Carolina, and the Habs now find themselves facing the prospect of extended time without their best defenceman.

Deja-vu, anyone?

This would be Markov’s fourth, yes fourth serious injury over the past two and a half years. A knee injury against Toronto (courtesy of a Mikhail Grabovski hit); a sliced tendon courtesy of Carey Price’s skate; a torn knee ligament thanks to Matt Cooke, and now this. Apparently the Habs and Markov’s agent were close on a long-term deal as recently as two weeks ago. I would suspect Markov’s future as a Hab is now definitely in flux.

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Video- Markov Injured As Habs Defeat Hurricanes

Reports are team doctors will look at Andrei Markov’s knee in the next few days before making a diagnosis.

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Habs hold on for sixth win with Markov on the horizon

Carey Price started his ninth game straight in style, making a number of big saves early in leading the Montreal Canadiens to a 5-3 victory over the New York Islanders. The Habs managed to hang on in a dramatic third period in which the teams traded goals back and forth, and Benoit Pouliot missed on a penalty shot. Andrei Kostitsyn capped the scoring with an empty net goal, his fifth in the past five games.

Tomas Plekanec and PK Subban led the way for the Montreal offence, also benefitting from the strong bottom-six play of Jeff Halpern, Mathieu Darche and Benoit Pouliot. Halpern recorded a goal and an assist while Darche also tallied a goal, as Montreal’s checkers brought energy and presence against a gritty Isles offence. Montreal’s power play continued to struggle, lacking presence on the point and a big body down low. The good news: ranked 30th, it literally can’t get any worse.

In any event, the Habs will be back at it against the Islanders on Friday night, this time in New York. Alex Auld is likely to see his first start in net, handing back to Carey Price for a Saturday night tilt in Montreal against the Florida Panthers.

The return of #79

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Markov Close To Returning

from TSN,

The Montreal Canadiens could have their top defenceman back in the lineup as soon as this weekend.

Andrei Markov was cleared for contact drills Monday and the club will seek final clearance from team doctors later this week. They are targeting Markov’s return for Friday or Saturday.

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Habs-Sens redux, Saturday notes

Tonight, the Canadiens take on the Senators in Ottawa, perhaps still recovering from their 3-0 loss at the hands of New Jersey on Thursday. The Canadiens looked terrible against the Devils, going long stretches without a shot as New Jersey invoked pre-lockout hockey to shut down any offence the Habs could muster. Sure, the Devils were helped by the inane refereeing of Stéphane Auger, but the Canadiens themselves were to fault on Thursday as they failed to put forth the effort needed to beat Martin Brodeur.

As an aside, Brodeur did make some fantastic saves, but so did Carey Price. With an average goaltender, the Habs may have lost 6-0. It was that one sided at times.

So, while the Habs prepare for the Sens, a few questions linger from Thursday:

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Markov Not Ready For Return

via Louis Jean of Sportsnet,

Montreal Canadiens’ defenseman Andrei Markov told reporters on Tuesday he is not ready to return to the line-up.

The Russian blueliner was hoping to resume play on Thursday against the New Jersey Devils but says he doesn’t feel strong enough. Markov underwent reconstructive knee surgery to repair a torn ACL in his right knee during the off-season. No timetable has been set for his return.

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Lights out as Habs drop home opener to Tampa Bay

Carey Price deserved much, much better last night as the Montreal Canadiens fell 4-3 to the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Habs were up 4-3 with about a minute to go when PK Subban went to the penalty box. Tampa Bay then scored a controversial power play goal, as Dustin Boyd was tripped by Ryan Malone in front of the referee and no call was made. The goal was scored in the moment following the trip.

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The State of Hockey in Russia

The Russian National Team has taken great strides towards regaining past international hockey glory in the last few years. Spurred on by back-to-back World Championship victories with two straight wins over Team Canada in 2008 and 2009 (including a win on Canada’s home ice in 2008), Russia had seemed to finally regain their duo-superpower status with their longtime Canadian rivals. That is until the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, where the Russians were soundly thumped 7-3 by the home side in their quarterfinal matchup. Perhaps, Team Russia goalie; Ilya Bryzgalov, summed up the debacle best by stating that Team Canada played like “gorillas coming out of a cage.”

On the heels of their defeat in Vancouver, many of Russia’s Olympic core squad vowed to gain a measure of revenge at the 2010 World Championships in Germany three months later. Although Russia defeated a relatively undermanned Canadian squad, their efforts, once again, ended in failure with an upset loss to the Czech Republic in the championship final.

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Captain Gionta

Brian Gionta is the 28th captain of your Montreal Canadiens, becoming the second American captain in the team’s 101 year history. Chris Chelios, who co-captained the team in 1989, was the first. 

Hal Gill and Andrei Markov will remain assistant captains.

That so many names were bandied about by the media is a sign of the leadership and experience in the locker room. But any way you look at it, Gionta is a great choice.

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Habs news and notes for September 24th

A few notes from Habsland as the Canadiens prepare for the Senators tonight:

- Markov’s return: Big news for Habs fans. According to RDS’ Renaud Lavoie, via Twitter, Andrei Markov will be back in October. This is great news, as Markov’s knee injury could have potentially held him out until November or December. My take? Even if he’s ready in week one, sit him against Toronto. You can’t trust that Grabovski.

- Carey Price says chill: As you’ve likely already heard, Carey Price suggested fans overreacted the other night with their booing and asked them to calm down and relax. And you know what? He’s right. It’s September. It’s the pre-season. It never ceases to amaze me how seriously people take these games. Enjoy watching the hockey, but fear not – Carey Price will be ok and the Habs will be a competitive team.

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Captain Kangaroo?

As you’ve probably heard by now, François Gagnon of La Presse exclusively broke the story late last week that Brian Gionta was to be named the 28th captain of the Montreal Canadiens. While I don’t doubt the veritability of the news there is still no official announcement from the Habs, and they insist a decision still has yet to be made. If it is Gionta, it will be the safe choice, the expected choice and a good choice. A quiet leader who excels in big game situations, Gionta is respected by his teammates and willing to take the team on his back. That said, such a decision will be a disappointment to some who hoped that veteran rearguard Andrei Markov would get the nod, given his tenure with the Canadiens and his own ability to lead through on ice performance.

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Andrei Markov Continues With His Rehab Work

from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,

Markov won’t be with his teammates this morning when training camp begins in Brossard with practice and scrimmage. Instead, he’ll be back in the gym, his tedious Brossard home, then skating gently, with supervision, on his own.

“I’d like to come back tomorrow, but it’s not possible yet,” Markov said yesterday. “I’m doing my best and I’m happy with my rehab. I can do different things on the ice. My knee feels a little weak, but it’s getting stronger every day.”

He’s circled no date on the calendar for his return to action, or even to practice with the team.

“Maybe another month,” he said. “Maybe more, maybe less.”

History suggests Markov is a quick healer, having returned from the slashed foot tendon five weeks earlier than first forecast. But an ACL is not a tendon; it is a serious working joint and you’d best believe the Canadiens will not rush Markov back into action with at least 82 games to play.

“I want to feel comfortable on the ice,” he said. “I want to stay healthy, because it hasn’t been like that the last couple of years. You can’t feel 100 per cent all season long -sometimes it’s up and down with bruises. But I want to enjoy the game every night.

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You Don’t Have To Be Fluent In French To Be A Canadien

from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette,

Under the headline “He shoots, he scores,” Journal columnist Richard Martineau attacked Ted Bird for writing on his Bird’s Eye View blog at ctv. ca that the Canadiens’ Andrei Markov doesn’t need to learn French after recently becoming a Canadian citizen. The blog was followed by some anti-French comments from readers.

Wrote Bird: “It’s like this: Markov pays his taxes in Quebec, but as a National Hockey League player, even in Montreal, he lives and works in overwhelmingly English-speaking circles. He doesn’t need to learn French.

“Yes, it would be a nice courtesy to the provincial majority if he could appear on l’Antichambre and exchange bon mots with les boys, but learning a new language is a substantial undertaking, and Markov has more important things to do in-season and better things to do off-season than sit in a classroom conjugating verbs if he doesn’t want to, which evidently he doesn’t.”

Responded Martineau: “We are not asking Markov to recite by heart the complete works of Moliere, just to be able to get by in French.”

I like Bird, but I have to disagree with him on this one. Markov should make the effort to learn some French, even if it’s just to say “bonjour,” “comment ca va?” and “merci.”

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Markov Had ACL Surgery Today

MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens General Manager Pierre Gauthier issued today a Wednesday update on the status of defenseman Andrei Markov.

Markov underwent successful surgery today to repair a tear of the anterior cruciate ligament of his right knee. His recovery is estimated to be six months.

Markov, 31, suffered this injury to his right knee during the first period of the opening game of the playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins, at Mellon Arena, on April 30.

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Torn ACL For Markov

via TSN,

Montreal Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov, who left Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinal after being hit by Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matt Cooke, has been diagnosed with a torn ACL.

Markov, who is out of the Habs’ lineup indefinitely, has not officially been ruled out of the series or playoffs by the Canadiens.

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Markov In Montreal For Treatment

from the CP at TSN,

The Canadiens confirmed Saturday that star defenceman Andrei Markov has returned to Montreal to receive treatment for an injury suffered Friday night in a Game 1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Markov was hurt just past the 11-minute mark of the first period when he was checked cleanly into the boards by Penguins agitator Matt Cooke. Markov fell awkwardly into the boards, threw one of his gloves into the air and writhed in pain on the ice as some of his teammates went after Cooke at centre ice.

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Matt Cooke Hit On Andrei Markov Tonight

Clean hit but Markov is out with a lower body injury, probably a right knee issue.

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Markov Makes Early Return

from Canadiens.com,

The holidays are finally here! The Habs’ bags are packed and they’re ready to go, set to take off on Friday for a seven game road stint. Defenseman Andrei Markov will be boarding the flight with his teammates – and not just as a passenger.

On the shelf since the first game of the season with a lacerated tendon in his foot, the veteran blue-liner is poised to make his highly anticipated return this Saturday on Long Island. The original prognosis had Markov slated to come back only at the end of January, but the shifty rearguard will join new D partner Ryan O’Byrne on the Habs’ blue line this week and Marc-Andre Bergeron will move up to forward.

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Markov May Join Habs Sooner Than Later

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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Injury To Markov May Be Serious

via Kevin Mio of Habs Inside/Out,

According to RDS, the injury to Canadiens defenceman Andrei Markov could be serious. The sports network reports via Twitter that Markov spent the night in a Toronto hospital.

Sportsnet is reporting that Markov may require surgery and could have suffered tendon damage, which would be horrible news for the Canadiens if it is true.

Markov was cut on the ankle by Carey Price’s skate as the goaltender scrambled to get back into position seconds before the Maple Leafs scored their third goal of the game in the third period.

added 10:57am, via the Twitter of Dave Stubbs,

Various reports: Markov had surgery, is gone 2-3 months

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Markov Not Interested In Habs ‘C’

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

Defenceman Andrei Markov will not be the next captain of the Canadiens.

The Gazette has learned that Markov, who wore an “A” on his jersey as one of the assistant captains last season, was asked whether he wanted to wear the “C”, but told the Habs he wasn’t interested.

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Let’s Re-Examine The Grabovski Hit On Markov

via Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

Canadiens defenceman Mike Komisarek yesterday ripped into Grabovski for his actions, insinuating Grabovski is a coward.

“You are enraged and you are pissed off that a player like that, when the game is out of hand, runs one of your top players like that,” Komisarek told reporters in Montreal. “He knows (Markov) is in a vulnerable position. There’s no need for that.

“Early on in the game, there was a scrum and Grabovski wouldn’t even look you in the eye. (He) runs away from any confrontation with his tail between his legs. So for him to hit Markie like that, it’s something you don’t like to see.”

The hit in question came in the third period of the Habs’ lopsided 6-2 victory over the Leafs at the Air Canada Centre Saturday. While the check itself did not seem dirty, it did come late, something the Canadiens immediately took notice of.

When I first posted this topic a few days ago, the majority of KK readers thought it was a clean hit.  Has anything changed since?

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Habs Now Really Hurting On Defense

from TSN,

The defence corps for the Montreal Canadiens took a major hit Monday, as TSN learned that the Habs will be without leading scorer Andrei Markov for three weeks and Mathieu Schneider’s season is over.

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Mikhail Grabovski Hit On Andrei Markov

Mikhail Grabovski of the Leafs hits Andrei Markov of the Canadiens early in the thrid period.. Grabovski received two for boarding and a misconduct.  Markov did not return.

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Markov Asked To Shoot More

from the Montreal Gazette,

Andrei Markov loves the playmaker role but the veteran defenceman is being asked to shoot the puck more as he moves into a new role with the No. 1 power play in the National Hockey League. Markov moves from the left point to the right point and that’s where the Montreal Canadiens look for the shot.

That’s where Sheldon Souray launched his rockets two years ago. And that’s where Mark Streit weaved his magic last season. With both players opting for free agency, Markov is being asked to fill the vacant spot.

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