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Montreal aTwitter over Markov’s knee

A tweet this afternoon from Tony Marinaro of the Team 990 has Montreal Canadiens fans concerned over the state of Andrei Markov’s knee. Marinaro’s sources report that Markov suffered a setback weeks ago due to overtraining, and had his knee drained by doctors in the United States.

Should Habs fans be worried?

My gut tells me no. I can’t believe Pierre Gauthier would have given Markov the deal he did unless doctors were absolutely certain the knee would hold up. However, stranger things have happened, and Markov has had a propensity to be as brittle as, well, how about chocolate brittle?

So where does that leave us? Well, I suspect Markov takes it easy through the pre-season. He may only get into a game or two, if he gets into any at all. But a note for you poolies: don’t be surprised if he misses the start of the year. This is just the latest in a line of serious injuries for a man who is still (Subban isn’t there yet) the Canadiens best and most dangerous defenceman. They will not rush him, and I could see him missing the first 5 or 10 games to be cautious. You’ve been warned.

For those interested, Mr. Marinaro’s tweet was as follows:

TonyMarinaro Tony Marinaro
SCOOP: Andrei Markov had setback 3+weeks ago diagnosed w/water in his knee.Had knee drained in USA. Now must take his time to rehab it again

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