Andrei Markov is finally off Injured Reserve.
The defenceman will be available for the Saturday night game in Vancouver.
His participation will be a game-time decision after Markov warms up with his teammates.
Randy Cunneyworth said he would dress seven defencemen if Markov is able to play. Markov’s minutes will be managed, dependent on how the Dman is feeling and the situations in the game.
Markov has not played since Nov. 13, 2010, when his surgically repaired right knee was re-injured in a collison with Eric Staal.
Markov was not available to the media after the Canadiens’ morning skate.
We were told he would talk after the game … if he plays.
A few Canucks were on the ice at 10:30 Vancouver time.
The Canadiens’ morning skate started 45 minutes later.
Fans were staking out the players entrance early.
Also, video from the Canucks room.
Only six players, including goaltenders Roberto Luongo and Schneider, skated.
“I’m not a big believer in Morning skates and never have been,” said Alain Vigneault. The Vancouver coach had most of his squad look at some video and talk about their game plan.
“With teams we don’t see a lot, we concentrate on our game and on what we have to do to be successful,” Vigneault said.
Henrik Sedin had his son in the room.