A published report says that the Canadiens and star defenceman Andrei Markov will start contract negotiations in the coming weeks.
Markov’s agent, Don Meehan, told Canadian Press in an email that he will meet with Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier at the end of May to try and hammer out a new contract.
The 32-year-old Russian made $5.75 million this past season, while playing in only seven games because of his second serious knee injury in less than a year.
Markov is one of six Canadiens defencemen who could become unrestricted free agents as of July 1. The others are Roman Hamrlik, Hal Gill, James Wisniewski, Brent Sopel and Paul Mara. Josh Gorges, who also missed most of the season because of injury, is a restricted free agent.