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Andrei Markov Will Not Return To Montreal

MONTREAL - Andrei Markov will not be back with the Canadiens for the 2017-18 season. The veteran defenseman will be available to speak with reporters via conference call on Thursday afternoon (the release note says at his request).

Markov has spent his entire 16-year NHL career to date as a member of the Canadiens. Narrowly missing the 1,000-game milestone with 990 career games under his belt, the Russian rearguard sits sixth on the franchise's all-time leaderboard for games played. He has also suited up for 89 postseason tilts during his time with the Habs.

Since making his NHL debut in 2000, Markov has racked up 572 regular-season points, including 119 goals. He finished his final Canadiens campaign tied with Hall-of-Famer Guy Lapointe for second place in team history for points by a defenseman, and is ranked third for goals from the back end.

The 38-year-old blue-liner was drafted in the sixth round, 162nd overall by Montreal in 1998 and became a Canadian citizen in July 2010.

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Paul's avatar

Just a guess on my part, he will be going to a team not in the NHL.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 07/27/17 at 10:12 AM ET

Paul's avatar

In a conference call, Markov says he will sign with a KHL team.

Was willing to sign a one year deal with the Habs, no go.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 07/27/17 at 02:18 PM ET

ilovehomers's avatar

Montreal signed Mark Streit yesterday, and I almost commented that it was goodbye to Markov. Sure enough…

Posted by ilovehomers on 07/27/17 at 02:20 PM ET

TreKronor's avatar

I can’t blame him.  He gets to go home and play in a league where he’ll still be very competitive.  PLUS he gets to play in the Olympics one last time on a team that has a great shot at a Gold medal.

Posted by TreKronor on 07/27/17 at 03:04 PM ET

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