Canadiens back on the ice

Markov
The team practices at 10:30 Monday morning in Brossard.
Max Pacioretty is back.
Louis Leblanc sticks.
And Andrei Markov won’t be skating.

Dave Stubbs on the Markov mess

Door opens for Leblanc

Red Fisher on the standings

Jack Todd column

Great New York Times feature on Derek Boogaard

Sean Gordon: Triumph of the Meathead

Pierre Ladouceur’s weekly report card

Players not keen on four-division realignment

Randy Carlyle goes fishing

And for those keeping score at home:

ANDREI MARKOV’S MANY DATES WITH THE DOCTOR:

• May 12, 2007: Playing for his native Russia, sprains left knee when struck knee-on-knee by Finland’s Sean Bergenheim at IIHF World Championship in Moscow
• May 28, 2007: Signs four-year, $23-million contract as unrestricted free agent with Canadiens
• Jan. 27, 2008: Elected a starter in NHL’s 56th All-Star Game, Atlanta
• Jan. 25, 2009: Elected a starter in NHL’s 57th All-Star Game, Montreal
• April 4, 2009: Suffers left knee injury vs. Maple Leafs in Toronto when checked into boards by Mikhail Grabovski, misses final four games of regular season and all four games of playoffs, Canadiens swept by Boston
• Oct. 1, 2009: Suffers lacerated tendon in left foot in goal-crease collision with goalie Carey Price during season’s first game in Toronto, misses 35 games following surgery
• Dec. 19, 2009: Returns to action on Long Island vs. New York Islanders, scores twice in 3-0 Canadiens win, including game-winner
• Feb. 12-13, 2010: Misses final two games before Olympic break with unspecified lower-body injury, but is cleared to play and represents Russia in Vancouver Olympics
• April 30, 2010: Suffers season-ending torn anterior cruciate ligament in right knee during Game 1 of Eastern Conference semifinal vs. Penguins in Pittsburgh when hit into boards by Penguins’ Matt Cooke
• May 19, 2010: Has right ACL and meniscus repaired in Cleveland, surgery performed by orthopedic surgeon Anthony Miniaci
• July 16, 2010: Becomes Canadian citizen
• Oct. 30, 2010: Returns to action at home vs. Florida Panthers, having missed first 10 games of 2010-11 season
• Nov. 13, 2010: Suffers season-ending torn ACL in right knee in Bell Centre game after colliding with Carolina’s Eric Staal
• Dec. 8, 2010: Has right ACL repaired in Birmingham, Ala., surgery performed by orthopedic surgeon James Andrews
• June 23, 2011: Signs three-year, $17.75-million contract eight days before becoming an unrestricted free agent
• Dec. 3, 2011: Canadiens announce he will undergo December arthroscopic surgery to clean up debris in right knee, forcing him to miss an additional minimum of three weeks. He “absolutely” will play this season, GM Pierre Gauthier says

109 Comments

  1. Dulljerk says:

    Who in their right mind signs a 17million dollar deal on a 3 time surgery, soon to be 4, knee without knowing when they will play????

    “Muckers win games”

  2. You guys rock. All the answers were correct however I was looking for “At what temperature do you start making your outdoor rink?”

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  3. Mattyleg says:

    Morning everyone!
    Smiling faces on here today.
    Little note on Stubbs’s article… I always get a chuckle when I see reporters getting frustrated by the Habs’ ‘nil-by-media’ approach. I love that about the Habs. Keep it under wraps! Better than having to listen to Burkie prove what a ding-dong he is every other day.

    The thing that irks me a bit about it, however, is that the reporters try to get the readers on their side by saying that them not getting enough information to write an article is also somehow ‘a disservice’ to the fans. I like watching the Habs play hockey. I could give the posterior segment of a common urban rodent about how each player is doing with their treatment, because at the end of the day, it’s just a soap opera that I have no control over.

    It’s like claiming that the broken camera in the bathroom of the Big Brother house is a grave disservice to the show’s viewers, except that those people watch the show for that reason, while I don’t follow hockey to get doctors’ reports, and how I support the Habs doesn’t hinge on when who’s coming back.

    I wasn’t interested in following the media circus surrounding Sid’s concussion, and I’m similarly uninterested in Marky’s situation. Once he’s back and playing, then I’ll be interested in how he’s doing. Until then, the only ‘disservice’ being done is to the reporters, and… well, they do a fine job.

    When they’re not sublimating their frustration into a question of morality.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  4. habfan53 says:

    In several posts people are saying that Ryan Whites return will make a big difference PLEASE tell me how.
    At best White will be on te 4th line.
    Speaking of which would you agree that even though they have 1 line time Plekanec, Cammaleri and Gionta are our third best line after, Pax,DD and Cole, then Eller, AK and Moen these 2 units seem to be getting more scoring chances . Yes I know Cammi played with Desharnais and Cole last week but that was because Max was sitting out is suspension.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Yes he will/would be on 4th line and that will make a big difference. Essentially our 4th line would then be comprised of White/Nokia/Darche or Moen. This would be a very defensively responsible line which can be played in most any 5 on 5 situtaiton. This line would have a physical forechecking presence, decent skaters, and will provide a much needed energy shift which we currently DO NOT get.

      Also, this will be a 4th line comprised of players which JM appears to trust, meaning he will actually play the line, finally allowing the team to roll 4lines for an entire game. Keeping all fowards fresher in the 3rd period and throughout the season.

      And finally, while White is not a heavyweight, he gives us a player that will help prevent other teams from taking liberties on our smaller forwards and our goalie.

    • Nojo says:

      White hits just about everything that moves and can drop gloves if necessary. His energy is required to have a 4th line that can forecheck aggressively. Mtl has to have a 4th line play a few more minutes to give the smaller forwards on lines 1-3 a break. IMHO

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  5. SeriousFan09 says:

    Leblanc practicing on the 4th line today, because that’s his future role in the NHL. Get him back to Hamilton where he could quadruple his minutes you obsolete tool of a ‘development’ coach.

    Yeah, I get cranky about my prospects.

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
    SF09 on Twitter

    • Kooch7800 says:

      100% agree. not smart on the organizations part

    • Marcusman says:

      Where do you think Louis Leblanc would rather be? By guess is up with the big club…he’s 20yrs forget Hamilton…how will playing 18 mins a game in the AHL help him?

      • Old Bald Bird says:

        It’s not so much where he would rather be but where should be if this is to be his role/

      • SeriousFan09 says:

        Because playing 5 minutes a game in the NHL doesn’t help his development playing with a couple guys who each have 1 goal on the season.

        He will not get power play time, I doubt he’ll get penalty kill time unless 4-5 forwards are in the box/injured and playing 4th-line is not his profile. He’s a scoring forward who needs to play with scoring forwards to develop and adapt his offensive game to the NHL level. Playing 18-20 minutes a night in Hamilton lets him work on playing against pro competition and in all situations, far better than being in an NHL role that does not suit him at all.

        - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
        SF09 on Twitter

        • Marcusman says:

          When trying to get better anything you need to play with people who are better than you…..leave him with MTL cause we could use some spark….and promote Gallagher …..

    • LafleurFan says:

      First time I’ve seen you take the low road, Serious.

      The odds are way higher than 30 to 1 for Les Boys to unseat the Big Bad Bruins as champs. Using this season for individual projects like Leblanc having a fruitful mix of NHL and AHL minutes is a strategy I support.

      “May you live in interesting times.”

    • G-Man says:

      How about this take on LL: management was able to give him a taste of what it’s like in the bigs. He played well on the road trip and they are rewarding him with a game in Montreal. He is NOT destined to stay with the club for much longer THIS season.
      They are rewarding him for a job well done and all I’m reading is negative shit. How about seeing it from the coaches’ point of view as well as the GM’s?

      • SeriousFan09 says:

        Of course he is not staying, but there’s no point in taking him out of a role he was succeding in (playing with Eller/AK) and sticking him on the 4th line where he’s playing with 2 guys who have scored a combined 2 goals this season if the idea is to reward him and keep him in an effective role while he is here.

        - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
        SF09 on Twitter

  6. The_Franchise31 says:

    Not right now because he’s on the IR list but when the season starts all teams have to under and over the cap requirements and you can’t have him on the IR list before the season starts so we can only use that money during the season not in the off season

  7. The_Franchise31 says:

    Cant*

  8. The_Franchise31 says:

    I’m pretty sure his salary does count against the cap when the season starts tho. You can’t have him on IR in the off season so come July first we can spend that money

  9. -29 in Brandon.

    In the hockey/family world what does mean?

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  10. habfan53 says:

    Just a few thoughts: Why is everybody complaning about Markov’s salary hit to the team THERE IS NO HIT the insurance is covering it and besides if the team was paying him so what it is not out of your pocket. The team has been able to use his 5 million they went out and got Campoli he got hurt so that gave Diaz and Emelin a chance.
    More importantly what to do with Gomez when he gets healthy?
    JM liked to give him a lot ofice time at the expence of Eller who I would rather see develop.
    As for Leblanc a great start to a promissing career but I would rather see him in Hamilton for a full year getting experience and growing (Remember Carey’s first year)then sitting on the bench with Montreal and getting only 5-7 minutes. Yes I know he got more last week but Max Pac is back now.
    Emelin has really stepped up his game in the last 2 weeks showing a physical presence that we have seen since Komosarek left but with more intelligence .
    Finally lets not take Columbus too lightly we have already lost to the Islanders and Ducks .

    • Old Bald Bird says:

      Markov is counting against the cap all this time. No? Yes.

      • habfan53 says:

        No his money is not counting against the cap.

        • nunacanadien says:

          At some point even with insurance, after all insurance rates go up after you use it, and having an injury prone player like Markov eating up the teams medical and space and roster spot, maybe it is time we let Markov go. Sure he is good and talented, but really, what have we gained in keeping him around? What did we gain when he was healthy? A few power play goals. The man was not a guaranteed scorer, he is hit and miss. When he was healthy he did not clear the space around the net. Markov is like Kosty, he only passes to certain players and only makes certain plays. Having a perpetually injured player like this surely is not good for the morale of the rest of the team. When do we let this man go? Sure some team would snatch him up for a good trade.

        • Jan_pronounced_Yan says:

          Actually, it is. There is a common misconception that injured players’ salaries do not count against the cap. They do. What the Habs could do is put Markov on Long-Term Injured Reserve which would then allow them to replace Markov with a player whose cap hit is up to the same as Markov’s. However, when Markov would return, they would then have to make a move to be cap compliant, i.e. get rid of that player or someone else to be within the cap.

          Gauthier did not put Markov on LTIR because he knows that Markov will come back, so why bother getting yourself in cap trouble later. Besides, players can be put on LTIR retroactively, so if the Habs found out Markov could not return this season, they could then put him on LTIR and find a replacement without having to worry about the cap hit until the season is done.

        • Old Bald Bird says:

          I should have bolded my YES as I was pretty sure, and it has now been confirmed.

    • savethepuck says:

      Carey didn’t sit on the bench his first year, he played 41 games. They even traded Huet at the trade deadline to give him the #1 job.

      “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
      Carey Price

      • habfan53 says:

        Yes he played 41 games but how many were after Huet was traded. What I’m saying his that he would have benifitted from a full year in the AHL . He would have learned about being in a slump for a period of time at a lower level. As it turned out he is fine now but I think had he spent that year in Hamilton he would not have gone thru what he did 2 years ago.

        • savethepuck says:

          Nothing wrong with Carey’s development with the organizartion. A high ankle sprain in 08-09 and JM’s win you’re in BS in 09-10 were the only deterrents to his development.

          “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
          Carey Price

    • Jan_pronounced_Yan says:

      I’m actually not sure how much of Markov’s salary is insured. Since he has had multiple surgeries on the knee, I am not sure what type of insurance the team has. I seem to remember reading somewhere that his contract would not be insured if he was out due to a knee injury.

      Not 100% sure though.

  11. Rudy says:

    This Boogard series is going to be a tough read, but all parents who have a son in hockey must read it.

  12. ponyboy says:

    Markov will be back for the stretch run and will be 100%. Just think, without Patches getting suspended, LL wouldn’t have had the chance to crack the lineup this early. I have this feeling he will continue to impress, as long as he stays playing with Eller and AK.

    String a few wins together this month with dmen returning and Ryan White, things will be fine!!!

  13. montreal ace says:

    This Habs are playing through a quite a few injuries and are still in the playoff picture,and its actually quite remarkable. I hope we can ice our best roster in the second half, I think we might surprise

    • nunacanadien says:

      The only reason why we are playing good is Gomez is not around. Campoli is not around. Markov is not around. When these injury prone has beens get back, I’ll wait and see whether you still agree we can have a better second half. When Gauthier and the Molsons only sign injury prone players that no one wants, of course they will get injured and affect the team’s overall morale and play style. When these injured players get healthy again, you’ll see our losses increase once again. We need to stop signing these injury prone players no one wants.

      • vegas says:

        Lame excuse using Gomez as a scapegost, haven’t we just lost 4 games in a row without him before finally winning against LA. the problem is his salry not him. He has always been a positive influence and if we are going to pay him I’d rather have him on the 4th line Rather than Darche or Noks

  14. HabinBurlington says:

    Ron Wilson up to his usual antics with the media.
    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/hockey/leafs-beat/the-flip-flops-of-maple-leafs-coach-ron-wilson/article2259738/

    Also not sure if many of you caught the story of Burke and his supposed invitation to get a barn and fight Kevin Lowe. Lowe says he heard nothing of such barn or invite to fight.

    Don’t deny Burke’s recent trades have been good, but just can’t get over what a self promoting blow hard he is.

  15. V says:

    Big fan of Dave Stubbs, but the article on Markov goes a bit overboard on the ‘mystery’ meter.

    Would be great to give it all a rest until he just gets back.

  16. 24 Cups says:

    If you read one article today, it should be Sean Gordon’s piece.

    The Living Legend states that the Habs biggest problem is the lack of production by their best players. I think I have to agree. It’s always stated that guys like Gionta, Cammalleri and Gomez excel in the playoffs. The only problem is that we may not even make the post season. These streaky highs and lows drive me crazy. However, I do disagree with Fisher when he states the Markov injury hasn’t had an impact. Not only are we missing our best player, but it also means some other rookie has to play too many minutes in stressful situations. Not to mention the impact on our PP.

    Shoutout to the NHLPA. Stop whining about the extra travel that might come about due to realignment. The average salary in the NHL is 2.4M for a job that comes with four months off in the summer. I think it’s better to have the league try and salvage weaker franchises then face contraction, a move that could cost the union 88 jobs.

    The loss to Anaheim was one of the low spots of the season so far. Having said that, the Habs will never get a better chance to grab two points when they face Columbus tomorrow night. We could be in 8th place for the first time this season. Columbus has the lowest point total in the league as well as the worst road record (2-9-2). Not to mention that Jeff Carter won’t be playing. No excuses and no “any team can win on any night” crap.

    The Habs play three times this week with all the games being on alternate nights. I might be tempted to go with Carey Price for all three games. He can catch a break the following week when Montreal plays the Islanders and Devils.

    • JF says:

      Steve – I certainly think Price should start tomorrow night. We’ve started Budaj twice against bottom-feeders and lost both times. The loss to Anaheim wasn’t his fault, but the loss to the Islanders mostly was. As you say, no excuse against Columbus tomorrow night. We have to grab the two points, and Price gives us a better chance to do that than Budaj. With only three games this week and no back-to-backs, Price should play them all.

      Agree about the Sean Gordon article.

      • nunacanadien says:

        We need to stop saying Gomez excels in the playoffs. He doesn’t. He starts out fast in the first game but into the series we see the invisible Gomez. The one that skates away from the puck, the one that unloads the puck to an invisible line or the boards so he won’t get hit. That Gomez we all know now. Cammy excels. Gil excels. But really we need a different coach. JM’s five on five grinds us down after a while.

  17. --Habs-- says:

    Where is Gomer Pyle of!!!!!!!! He’s listed as some type of injury lower upper who knows! Maybe its an injury above the eyes!

  18. --Habs-- says:

    You mean Jacques likes Leblanc’s offensive uplift!!!!!

  19. Hammer says:

    Best thing about the Markov debacle is the insured contract. The worse thing is the on going soap opera that it puts the team through. Reminds of 40 years ago watching Lassie, he would always get lost, go on an adventure, BUT you knew that by the top of the hour he would be home. Not Marky, I am one that believes ( curse at the screen now) that there is a lot more than meets the eye with this injury, and not to expect him gift wrapped under the tree by Xmas. Who knows, but if I am the Habs I’m not holding my breath.

  20. Kooch7800 says:

    Markov was a gamble and if he comes back and plays well in the second half of this year all will be forgotten.

    It could have been worse, we could have Wiz on the contract he currently is signed for

  21. Chris says:

    Hockey fans are not much different than the parents I had to deal with while coaching youth soccer. Like many parents, too many hockey fans seem to live vicariously through their chosen team.

    It is entertainment, folks. If you’re getting cranky over the Markov saga, then it perhaps might be time to think about finding another hobby, one that you might have more control over.

    Markov hurt his knee playing hockey, i.e., fulfilling the terms of his contract. He then worked his rear end off to return and hurt his knee again while playing hockey.

    Since then, we’ve had a number of stories extolling the fact that Markov is working his rear end off. Yet some fans are turning on the guy?

    Injuries are strange things. Nobody really knows how long a particular injury will take to heal, nor do they know when (if ever) the player will return to 100%. The team took a chance on Markov, displaying some loyalty to a guy who has gone through a lot for the franchise and was the team’s most important and best overall player.

    We criticize a guy like Mike Komisarek for his lack of loyalty to the franchise for signing with the Leafs. But I love the moral hypocrisy of many of those same fans wishing the Habs had shown no loyalty to Markov.

    Markov remains my favourite player on the Habs. I wish that he was back. But I’m continually amazed that people are so set on finding the dark clouds on a team that has a lot of silver lining. Yes, Markov is out…but it means that we’re finally seeing what we’ve got in Emelin, Weber, Diaz, and Subban. Heck, even Frederic St. Denis has been a pleasant surprise.

    I had no delusions about Markov…he’ll be given all the time he needs for a full recovery. There is even a small chance that he might never recover, something that would make me sad as that is no way for a great player’s career to end. But why waste so much bloody energy thinking about his return? Just wait for him to set foot on the ice and cheer for the young guys until he gets back.

    • Kooch7800 says:

      I agree 100%. Komi even said he would have stayed if they would have talked contract during the season but they didn’t even talk about it until June just before he was an unrestricted free agent. Why would he not test the waters? He got the biggest contract and was/is well over paid. I never understood Gainey not negotiating during the year. Not a smart move in my opinion. You have a good player who needs to be locked up then sign him….if not try and get a draft pick for him in February

    • SeriousFan09 says:

      I’ve since grown tired of being surprised when people turn their back on #79. From accusing him of being a guy who doesn’t give it his all in the post-season to backstabbing MTL on a B2B set of games before the Olympics so he could rest up for Team Russia. Anyone who bothered watching Team Russia could tell even with 7-10 days more recovery, he was still hurting and not at his best.

      Markov kept the back end honest for half a decade and has been loyal to the team since his draft call.

      - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
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    • HabinBurlington says:

      Well put Chris, feel the same way. I actually think provided the scope is routine as believed he is going to come backas strong as ever. This guy has done nothing but rehab for two years. Physically he should be in great shape.

    • Bob_Sacamano says:

      Very, very good Chris. I hope everyone here reads it.

    • havok says:

      I logged in just to REPEAT this!

      Hockey fans are not much different than the parents I had to deal with while coaching youth soccer. Like many parents, too many hockey fans seem to live vicariously through their chosen team.

      It is entertainment, folks. If you’re getting cranky over the Markov saga, then it perhaps might be time to think about finding another hobby, one that you might have more control over.

    • Lazarus_taxa says:

      Totally agree!!! I feel that the Markov bashing comes from people that have either just started watching hockey, or have somehow forgot how superior Markov is as a player. During the Kovy and Koivu years he was our silent superstar. He deserves every penny he gets, these players are not just a dime a dozen.

    • ricardamundo says:

      Thank you.

      I sometimes despair at the commentariat’s lack of perspective.

      But, every now and then there is a diamond in the rough such as this that keeps me scrolling down.

      Well thought out, well written, great comment. Bravo!

  22. HabinBurlington says:

    I don’t think PG would come out and say the things he did this past weekend if he didn’t believe it to be truth. It appears that the fact of the matter is the tendon and muscles in his knee are strenghtened well. It appears the only issues is the remnant scar tissue which is for lack of medical knowledge causing swelling.

    If indeed this is true (and I have no reason not to believe PG at this point), then provided the scope goes well he will indeed be back in 4-5 weeks and be ready to go.

    It doesn’t do PG any good to have lied to the media/fans this past weekend. If indeed he has, it will/would come back to bite him in the ass.

    In the meantime our young dmen continue to get valuable on the job training. Just hope Spacek/White/Campoli are back soon.

    Interesting how little we read/hear about the nature of Spacek’s injury and when he will return. (Or have I just missed it?)

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Not heard anything on Spacek either but I read somewhere over the weekend that Campoli us 1 to 2 weeks away. Any news on White?

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  23. TOP DAWG says:

    This Markov crap is sickening. Another contract for the Habs to eat up. This mangement is the worst in yrs.

    “If you’re not the TOP DAWG, the view never changes”

    • Neutral says:

      HardHabits – a lot of people on this site knock you But you have it right = 24 million wasted dollars – especially Gomez. we could have a good young team with the 24 million dollars….

  24. HardHabits says:

    The Habs are already without Markov and Gomez. For the money they make, Gionta and Cammy could easily be replaced as neither is contributing that much either.

    Markov + Gomez + Cammy + Gionta = 24 million wasted dollars.

    Looking forward to 2015.

    • G-Man says:

      I hope you realize the world has only 1 year and 16 days left, right? ;)

      Seriously, though, Gionta has been the one doing the least with the most chances and you can’t say Cammy’s efforts on the road trip were missing. Being with Cole and DD is a good fit as long as the trio is matched up properly against the other team’s trio. And, no, that’s not another opening to rant on JM.

    • Lazarus_taxa says:

      Then go cheer for another team!!!! You’re pathetic!!! Your brainless posts make my eyes puke!!!

  25. Stubbs: “Today’s Canadiens choose to distribute information not in a pail or even a glass but in a thimble, a disservice both to their fans and to themselves. ”

    Agreed! Don’t let us twist in the wind inventing our own stories!

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  26. montreal ace says:

    Markov is hurt in the last year of his contract, insurance company pays him so the Habs get cap relief and sign Wiz. The first thing that strikes me is Markov is being payed by the insurance company, and the Habs have not replaced him, as his recovery time is still unknown. It seems to me the Habs are down a guy on the payroll, as they are not going over the cap this season. I dont own an insurance company. but I find it strange that a guy who is officially not cleared to play, gets a raise while being injured, as the insurance company is still paying for the old claim. My point is that the Habs should be covered and the insurance companies should be mad, as they are going to be losing money. I think the doctors for the Habs, and the ones for the insurance company are having some pretty big negotiations right now. I would love to hear whats being said at those meetings, as they will determine what the future holds for Morkov and the Habs.

  27. Marc10 says:

    #lejourdelamarmotte… That just cracks me up!

  28. Habziefan09 says:

    Hmmm the “Canadiens Get Smart!” reference in Stubbs’ article… sounds familiar… where did I hear that again? Oh I know… :)

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  29. malmn says:

    You know what’s more ridiculous than the “Markov mess”? The asinine impatience demonstrated by Habs fans and the way their minds are so easily influenced and controlled by the sports media.

    GO HABS GO!!!

    • RGM says:

      It’s not “asinine impatience” if we’re led to believe by the Canadiens organization that Markov would return at or near the start of the season. It’s not “asinine impatience” if the coach of the Montreal Canadiens says in early November that Markov would return in 2-3 weeks. It’s not “asinine impatience” if he accompanies the team on its western road trip after practicing solidly for 2-3 weeks.

      Tell me, friend, where have fans demonstrate “asinine impatience” with regards to the Markov situation, in your esteemed opinion?

      ———————–
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      • nunacanadien says:

        Having players like Markov sheds the light away from the incompetence of our organization. If the habs organization keeps signing small players or average players who get hurt, and if the habs only signs those veterans who are injury prone and no one wants like Gomez, Campoli etc. of course the habs will learn it is easier to get an injury than to work hard for your millions. Maybe it is time we as fans ask the Molsons to stop signing these injury prone players. Concentrate on your concerts Geoff Molson as you demonstrated early on in buying the Habs that your first priority was concerts not the the Habs Geoff Molson. Remember that? No wonder you dont’ give a rat arse whether Jacques Martin is good or not, you don’t give a damn about the poor start in the season that will haunt us later in the year. Geoff Molson, hire a real NHL GM and then you’ll solve your problems.

    • HardHabits says:

      Sure thing comrade chairman. Can you give us another example of how to goose step properly.

  30. HabinBurlington says:

    Couldn’t all this Markov speculation have been avoided if one of Habs media members just called Markov’s mom? Speaking of which, perhaps a quick little phone call to momma Gomez in Alaska?

  31. Bob_Sacamano says:

    I read the Boogard article yesterday and I also can only recommend it. Usually a lot of people here complain about Jack Todd but he´s completely right about the Markov situation.

  32. Dulljerk says:

    This Markov conundrum just keeps getting more complicated. All indications during the negotiations and signing of his HUGE contract were that he would start the season. Or was that my imagination. Now, more swelling, more pain. I doubt this knee is capable of the rigors of NHL hockey. Sad story developing here for Mr. Markov and the Habs.

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