Multimedia: Habs’ Markov in fine spirits – and why not?


Canadiens defenceman Andrei Markov met the Montreal media this morning at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard, less than 24 hours after agreeing to a three-year, $17.25-million contract with the Habs.

AUDIO: Andrei Markov 1 | Andrei Markov 2

Here are two video clips of Markov from this morning. To come: complete audio of a session that ran almost a half-hour; he joked it surely was his longest time chatting with reporters in a single go.


  1. sally122 says:

    enaud Lavoie writes on his blog that the Coyotes and Panthers have strong interest in Scott Gomez because of the cap floor.
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  2. solomio says:

    Higgins = fail

  3. Timo says:

    Hope Markov can give Habs solid 20 games next 3 seasons.

  4. The Islanders always find a way to screw themselves over. I swear if Couturier falls to be picked by Boston….

  5. D Mex says:

    OK, that’s the 3rd time McGuire has sung his latest refrain :
    – … ” makin’ his teammates look better ” …

    ALWAYS Habs –
    D Mex

  6. Habhopeful says:

    Landeskog is gonna be awesome,

  7. Habhopeful says:

    what would be your thoughts if we traded Gorges + 5th Round Draft Pick for Brent Burns? just speculating

  8. Un Canadien errant says:

    Way for Buttman to insulate himself from the boos, bring up the widow and the orphans.

    You can’t run all night Gary, you’ll get yours, you weasel.

    Let’s do something like this again: 1) Petr Svoboda 1) Shayne Corson 2) Stephane Richer 3) Patrick Roy

  9. Mothstoflame says:

    lol Ryan smyth back to Edmonton… Anybody remember the game after he left? A couple of fans tied Balloons to there jersey and let it float to the rafters. I am trying to find a picture but i have no luck.

  10. D Mex says:

    Campbell with opening comments – the message from Buttman to hockey fans everywhere is : my league, couldn’t care less what you think …

    * edit : comments from the commish himself – removing all doubt. Does anyone know why his head shakes from side to side so much ?

    ALWAYS Habs –
    D Mex

  11. Neutral says:

    PG had better think offence or he’s in for a rude awakening come march 2012 and a lot of people on this site that thinks defence is all you need will be making excuses by the end of December.

    • Stuck_in_To. says:

      I’d suggest that not many, if any, on this site think D is all you need but that the comments have centered on the position because it is the most germain to the Habs situation being the one they could actually effect. The forward situation is much less clear and, as Toronto found out by apparently failing to land either Carter or Richards, much harder to manipulate.

      A lot of people are pulling for a top 6 to come in to the fold. But of course, a good O starts from a good D, and signings like Markov should improve both our 5 on 5 and special team scoring.

    • LA Loyalist says:

      My opinion is that for the modern game you need a killer first and second power play, and that means creative and dangerous QB’s.

      With Markov, PK, hopefully Wiz, with Yemelin and Weber learning the ropes… man, potentially killer (along with providing depth against injuries and for a March trade).

      I hate (and I mean HATE) JM’s turtle-time-in-our-own-zone style as much as any poster here, but even I know you have to build from the goal out to win big.

      Yeah we need help up front, badly, but we have to take care of business in our end, too.

  12. LA Loyalist says:

    Eric Brewer just re-upped with Tampa 4 years 16 $M.

    I guess along with the Markov signing that sets the range for Wiz at about the same (4 million a year?)

    What do you guys think? (I’d pay Wiz $4).

  13. Habitoba says:

    Is it just me or does Markov look bulkier than before?

  14. EricInStL says:

    Edmonton should draft Larsson. Maybe the next Lidstrom ?

  15. Mothstoflame says:

    -Pierre Gauthier is actively shopping Benoit Pouliot. If no trade partner is found, Pouliot might not be qualified.

    – Gauthier is also in the market for a top 6-able winger, but is in no hurry as he can wait for free agency on July 1st. Chris Higgins’ name is being floated out there as a potential return to Montreal.

    -CKAC reports that Gauthier is shopping Jaroslav Spacek and Yannick Weber in addition to Pouliot.

    I always like higgins, i wouldnt mind seeing him back but he would know the added pressure. And he was solid PK guy

  16. TomNickle says:

    Renaud Lavoie writes on his blog that the Coyotes and Panthers have strong interest in Scott Gomez because of the cap floor. He speculates that the salary decrease over the next three years serves as a discount in getting to the floor and that acquiring a player like him shows the fan base they’re trying to improve.

    Especially in Phoenix due to his Mexican roots.

  17. mike3131 says:

    Is there gonna be a live-draft blog?

    ♪ And we’re livin’ here in Allentown… ♪

  18. Alright, draft starting in 30 minutes. I guess that means what… 2 hours until the Habs pick at least?

  19. Ian Cobb says:

    2011 HIO FAN SUMMIT—for the whole family.

    Is everyone OK with Sat. Oct 29th for this years HIO Fan Summit in Montreal against Boston.?

    And that leaves Friday night’s meet and greet night open for suggestion. As there will not be a HABs game on the Fri. night big screen if we get enough game tickets for this date.

    • JohnBellyful says:

      Ian, what’s the approximate cost for these shinnydigs? Hotel accommodations, game tickets, etc? I need to know if I should start saving up, devise a scam or plan a fundraiser for an indigent Hab fan.
      One more thing: Do most summit-goers take along a change of underwear?

      • GrimJim says:

        Game tickets are about $100 per ($120 for 2nd tier, $80 for 3rd tier), hotel is usually about $110 per night x two nights (although you can often find secret sales for cheaper – check Expedia, etc), flight costs, meals, souvenirs. I usually spend about $800-$900 coming from Calgary.

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      Who will be responsible for prank calling the Bruins at their hotel at 3 am?

      • JohnBellyful says:

        Ian’s looking for suggestions for Friday night’s meet-and-greet. Why not tell the Bruins organization they have a pocket of fans in the Montreal area who would love to meet their heroes. Get some autographs. Treat them to drinks. Perform cosmetic surgery. With the proper amount of cajolery, it shouldn’t be hard to arrange a little get-together with our beloved foes and have some fun. Pin the Tail on the Marchand. Ring Around the Stanchion. Hamilton Bulldog. Musical Electric Chairs (first one standing wins). Rock Paper Scythe

    • newbrunswick troy says:

      i,m definitly in this year, oct 29 sound great. WE should see id Boone or Stubbs can get a actual player to stop by, or maybe get us a press pass into the afternoon warmup!!

      • GrimJim says:

        Stubbs said last year that he would try to arrange for an after-game dressing room visit as his contribution to the fundraising auction (no guarantees, though)

    • GrimJim says:

      How much would it cost to rent the Bell Centre ice for an hour Friday night and have a skate around?

  20. savethepuck says:

    So does everyone think the Oilers with pick Nugent-Hopkins first? They have lots of young forwards now in their organization, don’t they need to start developing some good youn DMen?

    “That beautiful bastard scored semi-conscious.” On the Rocket’s Game 7 game winning goal against the Bruin’s April, 1952

  21. Trisdin says:

    With this signing the Montreal Canadiens get two good defenseman. Markov’s salary is a bargain if you consider how he can help mentor Yemilin. Markov is a fellow Russian defenseman you can teach Yemilin english (somewhat), show him the city, and explain how to be a professional with the Montreal media. Without the Markov signing, Yemilin’s chances of playing well and fitting in, significantly decrease.

    I will rip into anyone who bashes my Canadiens, especially “habs fans”.

    • LA Loyalist says:

      I don’t know about “significantly” – as Emelin is not 18, but I agree it’s a damn good move and we should do more of this.

      Some of you may not remember, but Peter Svoboda lived with Serge Savard when he first came over, and Crosby lived with Super Mario, there are many other good examples.

      That said, I’m amazed that I survived Montreal nightlife. Truly amazed.

  22. Steven says:

    A bit off-topic, but Cammalleri has some pretty interesting golf skills(sorta)

  23. Ron says:

    How long are the laffs fans going to sit back before they start questoning burkes filling the team with american born players and staff. Liles is another yank. Must have promised him a spot on the usa squad.

    • _Habsoloutly_ says:

      It’s funny because I always see Leaf fans prattling on about how Toronto is “Canada’s team”, yet Burke has transformed it into “Team America”. 😆

      • Stuck_in_To. says:

        Being stuck here in Toronto, I can tell you that has not escaped the attention of the disgruntled fans. On wag actually suggested this was a good reason for Toronto to get another NHL team, so they could have a Canadian one.

      • Ron says:

        Wait till burke makes a play for Zack Parise. He’ll use the laffs as a training squad for his usa olympic coaches and players. Bobcat will tear him apart on 590.

  24. HabFanSince72 says:

    Cheer up Mike Richards and Jeff Carter. You’re not the only Canadians sentenced to go somewhere you’d rather not go this week.

    • HabinBurlington says:


    • JohnBellyful says:

      We can’t sit idly by and allow one of our boys, a Canadian patriot, to be railroaded by a corrupt, inept American judicial system. Who’s with me in devising a plot to break Lord Black of Crossharbour out of prison?
      My heart weeps to see a great man laid low by the envy of lesser men.
      This will be no easy task, lads. His confines are a mighty fortress. It will take considerable planning to work out the minutest detail. My estimate: 43 months.

      • ZepFan2 says:

        Yeah…I’m kinda busy that day.

        Welcome to the newer NHL: The National Headshot League.

      • HabFanSince72 says:

        Actually I am wrong. He is not a Canadian citizen having renounced citizenship in order to accept the peerage bestowed on him by fellow-creep Tony Blair.

        Interesting fact I just googled: the prohibition on Canadian citizens accepting British titles was first proposed by William Folger Nickle.

        Relative of yours Tom?

      • Clay says:

        Change the rescue target to Marc Emery and I’m in.

        Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.

        Winston Churchill

  25. OneTimer says:

    What is Howie Mandel doing in these videos?

    • JohnBellyful says:

      My first thought was: What’s with the Lex Luthor look? A strange choice because Markov’s considered our superstar whose kryptonite is knee injuries.

  26. Mike D says:

    LOL at the 2nd video:

    Reporter: (when you have your first practice with the team) “Who’s the first guy you’re gonna hit?”

    Markov: “Ummm…..Jacques Martin.”

    – Honestly yours

  27. TomNickle says:

    What is an acceptable throw in with Gomez for Paul Stastny?

    Keep in mind that Greg Sherman just gave JM Liles away for a considerable amount below market value.

  28. hab_skill says:

    What if PG trades Spacek, Weber and First rounder to Edmonton for Hemsky and a third rounder? Then our lines could be as follows:




    • TomNickle says:

      No thank you. Hemsky is not worth a 40 point defenseman and a first round pick.

      Cap relief with Spacek would be nice but if Hemsky has an 80 point year you’re giving up a first round pick for 40 points.

      The first round pick and Spacek is reasonable. But too reasonable for our side.

    • Mike D says:

      Hemsky has a lot of talent no doubt, but he’s also prone to injuries which is a department our current roster doesn’t need any more help in. If we’re gonna trade our 1st round pick I would hope it’s for someone who has shown they’re capable of staying healthy.

      Also, I don’t see EDM doing that deal. If they’re gonna get a Dman via trade, they’re gonna opt for a player without question marks – not a grey beard and a youngster who’s potential is still up in the air (Weber could be awesome one day, but he could also be average or worse).

      Just my opinion though.

      – Honestly yours

    • HabinBurlington says:

      I don’t like Hemsky for that much of a price, talent galore, but between injuries and doesn’t give us any more help in the corners or a guy in front of the net paying the price.

  29. JohnBellyful says:

    This has probably been suggested ad infinitum so let me just add my voice to the HIO clamour that Pouliot be turned into a defenceman if Wiz doesn’t get resigned. We all know he has problems skating forward and remaining upright for very long but I can’t recall a single instance where he has fallen while skating backwards. In fact, I can’t recall a single instance of his skating backwards.
    Not a problem. Gill can teach him the basics of how to retreat in slo mo, Weber can show him how to slip into second gear, and Subban can complete his transformation into a bona fide D-man.
    Look at the many pluses: Pouliot’s got a shot, he knows how to handle himself, and falling down in his own end can work to his advantage as a rearguard.
    Yes, there will be times when he will called upon to lug the puck out of his own end but I believe examination of game tapes will show Pouliot runs into trouble only in the offensive zone. That’s where his mental fragility has hampered his development as a player. But playing the point would require far less mobility, as Gill and Spacek have demonstrated, and it wouldn’t take that long in training camp to determine the optimal number of strides Pouliot can take before courting disaster. Say it’s five. Okay, four it is. Simple. He learns to pass, dump or flip the puck before he takes his fifth stride. Or he learns to reverse himself in mid-charge to the bewilderment of his opponents, creating an opening for a teammate to receive a pass.
    He could turn out to be the best forward-turned-defenceman the NHL has seen since … well, somebody. My mind’s drawing a blank.

  30. habstrinifan says:

    Any one knows more about Kirk Muller. Team990 is reporting that no way that Muller returns to HABS asst. coaching even if he does not get any offers from the NHL. Apparently he will first accept an AHL head coach postion.

    What does this mean? Is it because Muller wants to further his career and does not see continuing in Mtl as beneficial in that respect.

    Also I listened to Steven Brunt analyse Burke’s signing of Dudley to his staff. I posted basically the same conclusion.. that it showed that Burke has enough confidence in himself to do it. I contrast this with Gauthier-JM who operate as if they are scared of their own shadow as far as consultation and throwing around ideas.

    • 24 Cups says:

      Muller needs to get some head coaching experience if he wants to be in the NHL. It all begins in the AHL, as witnessed by the last four hirings.

      Dudley’s greatest plus is his ability to find and evaluate talent. He’ll be busy in T.O.

    • Ozmodiar says:

      Could Randy C. from the Hammer replace Kirk, and vice versa?

      Muller gets his head coaching experience and we keep him in the organization.

      i know, too simple.

    • SeriousFan09 says:

      And perhaps that HC position is in Hamilton? He coachs there for two years, gets familiar with the prospects until JM’s contract runs out and than he can step behind the bench. See what Molson’s philosophy about the language thing is in 2 years, or at present really if that move occurs.

      Burke also likes surrounding himself with assistants, TOR already has more assistant GMs than any team in the league 2x over I think, seems to want to make sure they’re doing all his work so he can take more press conferences and interviews. Funny thing is Dudley’s more qualified really to run TO than he is.

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

    • LA Loyalist says:

      Maybe he has difficulty staying awake near Mr. Happy. I know I do.

  31. Leafs get JM Liles for a second rounder. Good trade in most scenarios, but wait until Burke finds out he’s an undersized defenseman and not a #1 centre.

    • TomNickle says:

      If I were Sherman I would have waited till the middle of July, but that’s just me. Probably left some picks or prospects on the table that he could’ve had later.

      • Considering what Burke got for Kaberle, I think you’re right.

        • TomNickle says:

          Just makes sense. I was just on the phone with an Avalanche friend and we came to the conclusion that the only way this makes sense is if they’re looking to do a roster blowup like Phili.

          Not every team will get Wisniewski, Pitkanen, Kaberle and White. Puck movers will be at a premium at the end of July and there’s no way a 2nd rounder would’ve been the best offer in the middle of the summer. Somebody would’ve come to the table with more.

          • There are a lot of rumours about Colorado’s ownership failing as well. And let’s be honest, the organization has been a joke since Lacroix stepped down as GM. Sakic kept the respectability of the on ice squad for awhile, but with him gone the fans stopped showing.

          • TomNickle says:

            Absolutely. They draft well, but that seems to be all they do well.

    • TorontoHabsFan says:

      I guess there’s one less potential destination for Wisniewski…

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      Avs are shedding salary. They are losing money I think.

      • ed lopaz says:

        could we be in the market for Stastny?

        he is very expensive but a top 6 player for many seasons to come.

        he is very unhappy there and I think he can be had.

        Habs hockey is “smart” hockey – we play 5 man defence, not just 2 – we move up the ice as a 5 man unit, we back check with 5.

    • SeriousFan09 says:

      The guy is Defencemen-crazy, when are they going to go after some Forward talent? Not that I mind…

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

  32. HABZ24 says:

    thats a big gamble, markov is verrrry injury prone and is he 100 percent after multiple surgerys? if he can stay healthy and play a complete year, he will no doubt be usefull. three years is too long a deal but we had to go three to sign him, well see. i like the new finn and yemelin signing, going young the way to go, after signing old vets a year ago weve learned. hope we dont see spachek in mtl again.

  33. tbovs says:

    I always wonder … this team is two years removed from being in the conference finals….do you think that the players forget how to play or is it just the fact as habs fans we are a negative bunch. I am one who is actually filled with optimism. I think markov can make a difference when healthy and he should have a bionic knee now so he should be the fastest skater in the league….remeber when souray came back after the wrist his shot got bumped up.

    Also I think our forward core is decent and fits our plans and play style. I think we are a gritty 3rd liner away from being a top 4 team but you have gio/cammi/gomez (granted he hasn’t been good since he got here but that can change as fast as it can go the other way)/plecs/kosti…all these guys have been allstars and can play the game at a high level and can compete. Your best commodity is your known commodity….the risk is minimized if you know what you can expect, and this team can bring it if healthy. Solidify the defence with Wiz or suitable replacement. Diaz won’t likely be in the lineup on starting night cause #1 hasn’t played a min of nhl hockey #2 is a little green in north america. They will start him in the minors and see what they get.

    I would like to see Jagr and think he could make a difference if not for his offence but also for his experience…not too many people on this planet that can walk into a dressing room with his resume.

    The kesy this year are for gomez to have a bounce back year and a better third line with a more defined role. Having a Dan Carcillo or Max Talbot that can drop the mits but be effective in the offence and hit like a machine….thats what need…I love chris Kelly and I think that is the type of mold we need.

    I just think the players we have give us good depth but we need some more firepower up front and that is where jagr can help or a high end third liner. Those are the guys that make a difference in the conference finals and so on. In reality thats how boston won the cup.

    So ya … good on PG to sign markov….its like you just gained a new player cause he hasn’t been with you for two years. So this could be exciting in a sense that if we can get jelled and honed in the first 20 games then we can be a division winner and top 4 team.

    So have faith and realize that none of us are NHL GM;s and no one would know what a trade form would look like…and we will have to wait till openingnight …. GO HABS GO.

    • LA Loyalist says:

      Gomez isn’t going to bounce back. Back to what? At best he’s been mediocre.


      Rene Levesque will quit smoking first.


  34. TomNickle says:

    Leafs acquire John Michael Liles from the Avalanche for a 2nd round pick per McKenzie.

  35. lukas-joshua says:

    Shiloh and naweed235, and Ozmodiar

    I’m so sorry I didn’t know you guys were such big fans of Bugs. If I would of known that were the case, I wouldn’t of hurt your feelings.

    • 24 Cups says:

      What’s with all the venom?

      Why target Bugs, a guy who brings a lot of humour and dialogue to the site?

      After all, it’s just a hockey site for a bunch of hopeless Hab fanatics.

    • LA Loyalist says:

      We love Bugs – not in that special Saturday night in Chino with some home-distilled Yukon Jack wannna see my tats kind of way – but love none-the-less.

  36. 24 Cups says:

    Here’s hoping that the Habs don’t draft Jonas Valanciunas with their 1st round pick.

  37. TomNickle says:

    Mathieu Darche just tweeted that Jeff Halpern is getting married in Washington DC tomorrow. Congrats to Mr. Halpern.

  38. habs001 says:

    markov was a must sign…wiz would also be good unless we can get at least one more scorer..having several d that can provide offense and move the puck increases the scoring of most forwards(excluding pyatt)…..i see no reason why camm cannot produce a 30-35 goals season and that would go a long ways in solving our goal scoring issues…

  39. The most awesome thing PG could do right now is sign Simmonds or Voracek to offer sheets and send Holmgren running mad.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Your an evil man Andrew, a wise and funny evil man. That would be fun to watch if someone put an offer in on them. I like Simmonds, nice rugged forward with decent hands around the net and young.

      • Both are good young players worth the risk. And yeah I’m a little evil.

        • TomNickle says:

          You in the Tom Nickle school of thought that the Flyers won those trades by a landslide?

          • HalifaxHabs says:

            I am

          • habs001 says:

            imagine if they sign b richards also…

          • Not at all. Mike Richards is a rare player in this league. Schenn MIGHT be a good player, no guarantee.

          • TomNickle says:

            Yes I’m sure it would go over well if they traded his brother and then signed him. I’d say pigs will fly first. Plus that salary cap thing can be a bitch.

            They still have to move more salary out tonight or in the next few days.

          • @habs001: With what imaginary cap space can the Flyers sign Brad Richards? They have 7.6M to sign Voracek, Leino, Simmonds, 2 depth forwards and 2 defensemen.

          • ed lopaz says:

            Andrew says Richards is a rare player in this league.

            Guess that means that the Klan should be looking to increase their NHL membership

            Habs hockey is “smart” hockey – we play 5 man defence, not just 2 – we move up the ice as a 5 man unit, we back check with 5.

          • Ed, he’s a despicable person, no question, but Mike Richards is an excellent player. He’s easily the best player who will trade teams this summer. He’s a far superior player to Brad Richards, and signed for 2 million a season less than what Brad will get.

      • LA Loyalist says:

        I am still stunned that LA gave up Williams and Schenn. I’ll be at the rink all weekend and see if I hear any whispers.

    • TomNickle says:

      What goes around comes around. We have Price and Subban heading into Restricted Free Agency next off-season.

      But yes, it would be hilarious.

      Even funnier if he gave one to Doughty.

    • _Habsoloutly_ says:

      And you’d want to give up a couple first round draft picks in compensation for these two players?

      • OFFER
        or below None
        Over $1,020,348 to $1,545,981 Third-round choice
        Over $1,545,981 to $3,091,963 Second-round choice
        Over $3,091,963 to $4,637,944 First-round and third-round choice
        Over $4,637,944 to $6,183,925 First-round, second-round and third-round choice
        Over $6,183,925 to $7,729,907 Two first-round choices, one second- and one third-round choice
        Over $7,729,907 Four first-round choices

        Offer $3,091,963 to Voracek or Simmonds, and lose a 2nd round pick. Absolutely worth it, and Philadelphia CAN NOT match it.

        • _Habsoloutly_ says:

          why can’t they match? didn’t they just clear up a ton of cap space? All the guys they got in return take up very little cap space no? I don’t know squat about Voracek, is he any good?

          • They have 7.56M in cap space right now and need to sign Voracek, Leino, Simmonds, 2 depth forwards and 2 defensemen. They need Voracek and Simmonds to come in at under 5M together to make it work, counting on sending a goalie to the AHL and putting Laperierre on LTIR for an extra ~2M for all the depth players. Leino will take 3M for sure.

            As for Voracek, he’s yet to break out in the NHL, but he was playing for Columbus so I’m not sure what kind of opportunities he’s had. He’s a potential 20g, 60p guy. Nothing to balk at for sure.

        • HabFanSince72 says:

          It’s not our style but maybe Garth Snow can do it.

          Come on Garth …

        • Sal says:

          Does PG have the balls?

          Sal from the Hammer

    • HardHabits says:

      Yes because the Habs have both the cap space to sign those players and a plethora of draft picks to give up. Sometimes Andrew, well often lately, your posts are entering the Twilight Zone.

      Now Brain Burke doing it. That would be funny.

      • Actually we do have the cap space, and the 2nd round pick necessary to sign one of the two of them is readily available in the 2012 draft. Perhaps before writing off what someone has said as craziness and praising a guy who just traded for a crappier, smaller Kaberle, you should read all the pertinent information in the situation.

        • HabFanSince72 says:

          It needs to be a 2011 draft pick doesn’t it?

          In any case, we’re too polite to do that sort of stuff.

        • HardHabits says:

          It might hurt the Flyers short term but it would help them long so it’s crazy talk. I don’t get the rest of your rambling either. You’re getting incoherent. Take a deep breath and think before you write.

          Yesterday you said the Flyers got weaker. Now you’re suggesting the Habs make offer sheets for the after thoughts in those block buster trades. Face it, the Flyers made out like gang busters. They screwed the pooch on the Bryzgalov deal though. It’s like Holmgren is the Jekyll and Hyde of GMs.

          • They did get weaker, because the players they gave up were legitimate first liners and the ones they got back weren’t.

            Nothing is incoherent about what I wrote, you’re just trolling because you’re bored. Perhaps you should work on your reading comprehension skills because everyone else seems to understand what I’ve said just fine, except for the great HH throwing another bipolar hissy fit.

          • LA Loyalist says:

            Mr. Habits?! Calling out for coherence on HIO?

            That would knock down the number of posts, admittedly, by quite a bit, but it would be less fun. 🙂

      • JohnBellyful says:

        Ah, the Twilight Zone. Brings back a lot of memories. Back to when I had it for an avatar before the website changed.
        Doo-doo-doo-doo, doo-doo-doo-doo ….

    • Talik Sanis says:

      I would completely support giving up a second for either one. Improving our haul of young, potentially impact players from the 2007 entry draft is a solid idea, if they come cheaply enough.

  40. Habs fan in SF says:

    tony marinaro tooting his own horn about his “scoops” is so friggin’ annoying. does bob mckenzie ever relish in the fact that he breaks news first? seems so unprofessional and amateurish, if you ask me. that’s just me though

    • PeterStone says:

      it isnt just you. When you are good, you dont need to consistently say it. Mackenzie is the best, bar none IMO. Marinaro obviously needs validation …

    • habs03 says:

      I don’t think you compare someone like Bob Mac to Marinaro, the guy is just a radio host. But I think he is doing just because a lot of people made fun of him and called him out when he first reported it. Even Don Meehan called him out on it, only to have the contact announced shortly after. I don’t know who Marinaro knows but he knows his stuff with Markov, he first reported the knee injury, and also first on the Price/Markov argument.

  41. krob1000 says:

    Has anyone wondered what Diaz’s role in the organization is? He seems to me to be a Weber like player…could Weber be being dangled? When you look at the depth charts with or even without Wiz (factoring in the Hammer rumours,etc), it seems that Weber may very well be tradebait. Maybe Diaz is suppsoed to come in and somehwat attempt to replace Wiz’s offense in an injury situation to markov or subban,etc. Hard to sya as we know so little but he is quite clearly an offensive dman and I have not heard of any physicality,etc…so it appears tha Weber may very well be dangled to get that grit player should we not be able to land one via FA.

    • TomNickle says:

      I think both Pouliot and Weber are being dangled but it’s just a hunch based on organization depth at those positions.

      • Habs fan in SF says:

        that won’t bring in much

      • krob1000 says:

        Ever wonder about the possibility of Gorges being involved? It is a stretch tot hink they would do that but it could happen…..if the team really looks at things like they should and assesses the very real window of opportunity for this wave of players is this season and the next one or two after that…Gorges could very well be dangled as well. If Yemelin pans out, Tinordi matures, etc…we have longer term d role guys, etc We have Gill for this year….It makes you think. I think Gorges is likely to bwe signed but if the right offer presented itself? We have quite a few assets, and many options and cap room, we have some glaring needs up front…..and offensively so I think it will be an interesting week and a half…or not lol. Hard to say but the D and the numbers,etc means someone who wants to be here is likely gone and the numbers just don’t add up roster wise so something is going to happen….I doubt PG really even knows yet but I am sure he probably has several alterrnate scenarios drawn up….I would bet he has a Gorges less scenario mixed in as well as much as that will anger people.

        • TomNickle says:

          I don’t think they’ll move Gorges but indications are that Pateryn and Ellis will be NHL regulars within three – five years. So that must give him some confidence that if the right deal came along he could move somebody.

    • Morenz7 says:

      Yes! I’ve seen Diaz play live at the Olympics and I think he’ll prove to be better than Weber . Certainly Ralph Kreuger trusted him more than he trusted Weber, and gave him mucho ice time against teams like Canada and the U.S. Diaz is two years older, so that would have played into it. But he is a very good skating, puck-moving d-man. The Canadiens will want to give him time in Hamilton to get accustomed to the smaller surface, but he’s a true sleeper in their defensive plans and I think you’re bang-on on the Wiz thing. We’ll definitely see him this year if Wiszniewski moves on.

      • TomNickle says:

        Weber was on Switzerland’s #1 pairing at the Olympics with Luca Sbisa.

        • Bob_Sacamano says:

          Weber´s icetime declined step by step during the Olympics. In the end Diaz played more than him, as well as Streit, Sbisa, Blindenbacher, Seger and maybe a sixth dman.

          That doesn´t I mean I´d like to see him traded though. Not at all to be honest. He really got better during last season and I hope he gets one more season to prove himself. I personally would much rather see him on the ice than Spacek.

  42. HabFanSince72 says:


    I think a lot of teams, especially the Bruins, Flyers, Penguins, Leafs, will target Marky – especially in the playoffs (which doesn’t apply to the Leafs of course).

    Does he need an enforcer type to play with him?

  43. JF says:

    A lot of posters want Wisniewski signed and would be OK with the Habs doing that and adding some grit on the fourth line. I’d like to see Wisniewski back also, but if it’s a choice between signing him and adding some scoring, I’d go with the latter. Markov’s return means the Habs will likely score a few more goals because they won’t have to play quite so defensively, but I think we need a lot more goals or we’ll face the same fate in the playoffs as this year. Even-strength scoring is crucial in the playoffs, and we saw what the Habs’ weakness in this area led to against the Bruins.

    The only reason I would sign Wisniewski rather than a forward who can score is if Gauthier cannot get anyone, either on the free agent market or through a trade. In that case, Wisniewski could be signed and, provided Markov remains healthy, be traded during the season for some offence. But if there were a chance this week to trade his negotiating rights, I’d do it.

    If Gauthier does not add some offence somehow, I’ll be seriously disappointed.

    • krob1000 says:

      I think if we signed Wiz, signed Jagr who apparently wants to play ehre and dangled some tradebait we could have our cake and eat it too. A back end with Subban, Markov and Wiz will definitely help the forwards, Jagr would be instant offense on the pp and mean depth and flexibility. then you go get a Laich, Malone,etc type and I think you have every need addressed. Could Spacek be moved? if so it is as easy as pie to accomplish all, if not could Moen be moved? Is Gorges as sure of a deal as everyone thinks around 3 million, what if we could get him for less? what if we opted for Wiz and traded Gorges with Pouliot/Weber,etc then all of the sudden we are making room and making a fairly attractive offer that just may land the grit top nine guy we all seek…and you could still sign Wiz. Many possibilities still out there

      • Morenz7 says:

        We’re all assuming Wiz wants to play in Montreal. I know he has spoken nice words in the past, but this is his chance to set himself for life, so he may have already decided to test the waters. Also, Detroit is out there as a likely contender for his services, and the chance to play with Datsyuk, Lidstrom, Zetterberg et al, under Mike Babcock and Ken Holland, must be pretty tempting. This is not to denigrate our team or anything. I would be delighted if he decided to keep his career rolling in Montreal. But I’m trying not to get my hopes up.

        • krob1000 says:

          I am assuming that if we offered him fair value he would stay….could be wrong definitely but I think he is worth trying to keep. We could just really use his feistiness and offense from the back end. I became a huge fan of Wiz during his time here and realize he is not the greatest dman out there but he fits a need in Montreal and I think we need a loose cannon on the back end, one who can contribute in all situations. Bieksa would be nice too, reminds of a still in prime Souray in many regards.

    • ABHabsfan says:

      I agree with your views on the Wiz. Assuming we can sign Gorges, the d-corps is quite strong as is. Money should be used on scoring ala Laich and/or Ward from Nash. I would still like to see Dupuis pursued due to his PK ability and can add a few goals. Good PK guys can take some pressure off Pleks and hopefully he can work the offense a little better. If we are only looking for a d-man with a bomb from the point, how about Sami Salo. That dude has a cannon and willl likely sign a 1 yr deal

    • habstrinifan says:

      You really believe the HABS played defensively solely because of Markov’s absence. It’s JM’s system!

  44. thorandresson says:

    So it looks like for the first time in a while, the habs walk into the draft in a position of strength. They have pretty much they’re roster set and have some money to spend and some assets they could move. Currently, have 16 players at 50 million and need a back up goalie (cost <1 million), 2 defensemen (Gorges and Webber, combined between 3.5-4 million). Which means 9 million for 3 forwards, 2 of those forwards can just be depth players that would cost 2 million total and the 3rd could cost up to 7 million? Even Brad Richards is a possibility….

    So who wouldn't want to be in PG's position now?

  45. krob1000 says:

    With the larger contracts we seem to all forget that we always slightly overpay to compensate for the high taxes in Quebec. The impact is more significant on the bigger contracts but we always do this. Gio was probably a 4-4.5 ish guy, Cammi a 5-5.5 guy, etc. We traditionally overpay at UFA time and a team like TB underpays often as they have no tax there, etc. There are also other perks down South ,etc. On the open market I am not sure Markov gets any more than we gave him, probably gets around 5 million if trying for 3 years. Given Markov’s service here, the window with Cammi-Gio,etc, the difficulty the team has attracting free agents,etc ..the signing makes sense. It is as much of a statement of loyalty as anything too after the last great turnover, as PG mentioned we had very little remaining from our club 3 years ago. He said he wanted some continuity and I was almost hoping that may have meant a shot at Wiz too. Like everyone I hoped Markov might take a discount, but in reality he deserves his market value as he did not and has not ever even bothered to explore free agency.

    • TomNickle says:

      Especially considering the discount that the Habs got on his last contract. The fact that he didn’t say boo about not being named captain, didn’t complain(like Koivu didn’t) about a sub-par roster for almost a decade and has been a great ambassador for the team.

      Oh yeah, and he’s a 50-60 point defenseman who can play in all situations.

  46. lukas-joshua says:

    Bugs you’re the dumbest guy on here. Everything you say makes you sound like a Fu*k nut. So maybe you should work for PG and his staff.

  47. HabFarmer says:

    I see he’s gone total slaphead now, which is pretty cool considering I’m one myself.

    Anyway good to see him back, excellent news.

    “No, I see. The monkey’s out of the bottle now!”

  48. johnny_habs_4ever says:

    Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!! [a la Darth Vader style]

    Pierre Gauthier signed Alex Auld to a 3 year / 17.5 million dollar contract and he doesn’t even play defense.

    PG, you smeghead, it’s a fake Russian accent. Markov isn’t bald!

    We’re SCREWED!

  49. lukas-joshua says:

    I bet PG is thinking about how he can get Spaceman 2 sign a new deal.

  50. kempie says:

    RIP Peter Falk. Always liked that guy.

  51. HabinBurlington says:

    Leafs just added Rick Dudley to their front office staff. I think the guy is a bright guy, but that is alot of high price talent T.O. has in their front office now. Not sure if they do this just to distract the fans or what.

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      This is a great move by T.O.

      The Habs could certainly use someone with a clue in management.

    • ABHabsfan says:

      Need lots of guys to shoulder blame every April.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        Thats what I am thinking, seriously though Dudley is a bright guy i respect that. But you got Burke, Nonis, Dave Poulin and now Dudley. I guess another good advisor is always helpful.

    • savethepuck says:

      High priced, yes, but Talent? You can’t be referring to burke and Co.

      “That beautiful bastard scored semi-conscious.” On the Rocket’s Game 7 game winning goal against the Bruin’s April, 1952

      • TomNickle says:

        Rick Dudley is one of the best when it comes to evaluating both amateur and professional talent. He may have Burke’s job soon.

        • savethepuck says:

          Wasn’t meant to be a knock on Dudley, I appreciate his hockey knowledge. It was a knock on the rest of their executives, mainly Burke.

          “That beautiful bastard scored semi-conscious.” On the Rocket’s Game 7 game winning goal against the Bruin’s April, 1952

          • HabinBurlington says:

            I knew what you meant, and I agree, I don’t mind Dudley, do have a problem with the Blowhard Burke. Plus with Dudley, if your ever filming a remake of the Series Hotel you got James Brolin lookalike right there.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        Yah, just reread that your right. Lots of High priced executives. I think that is better.

    • habstrinifan says:

      If this is true, despite all the ridicule below, it shows that Burke is confident enough in himself that he can go out and a) hire strong personalities to help him and b) is ready to consult and throw around ideas.

      I dont see PG operating in that fashion. And I think it hurts the HABS.

  52. JayBee says:

    Everyone’s an accountant.

    We signed an elite d-man and people are complaining. I wanted him for cheaper, but you know what? No way I’m letting him walk over a few $100k. I’d be pissed if I heard they let him walk over $5.7K.

    There is some risk, but should Gauthier have been tentative and let him walk and sign Hamr? This is a guy WHO WANTS TO PLAY HERE… You’d rather Erhoff or Bieksa? Give me a break.

  53. HabinBurlington says:

    Gotta love this guy’s approach. As much as I want him to have a healthy year for the Habs, I hope he has a great year for himself. He deserves it! Add in the becoming a Canadian Citizen, just an overall Class Act! Welcome Back Mr. Markov!

  54. Morenz7 says:

    I was hoping he would do that thing where he puffs out his cheeks and shrugs while considering a reporter’s question.

  55. 4m3y2j says:

    Don Meehan has been sticking it to the organization for years,all the way back to theo and beyond.Gauthier committed to Yemelin and now Markov,2 years was a decent offer and we took 3 on a risk w/ no insurance from their side.Now we are talking about re signing Hammer?Say what you will about the flyers you can give me a Paul holmgren w/ balls any daywe better be seeing a power frwd. signing and the WIZ on board,or thios guy should be hung in Victoria Square.
    I am starting to think Gauthier is the Ghost of Rejean Houle…..
    We are getting fleeced by agents again……
    john slattery

    • TomNickle says:

      Markov’s last contract was about $3 million below market value annually considering what Redden got.

      Yemelin was eligible for some pretty nice entry level bonuses that he didn’t get.

      Hamrlik isn’t represented by Don Meehan, but Ryan White is if you’re looking for the next contract he facilitates to bitch about.

    • HalifaxHabs says:

      there are so many ridiculous things about this post, it’s hard to decide which part to make fun of.

      all I know is if I wrote, and publicly posted something that looked like that, I’d be pretty embarrassed.

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      Holmgren made Carter and Richards the cornerstone of the franchise for the coming decade.

      Then he traded them both on the same day.

      Balls or nuts?

      • TomNickle says:

        If you’re Gauthier could you pass up those offers for Plekanec and Cammalleri?

        • HabFanSince72 says:

          1. Richards and Carter are all-stars. Cammi and Pleks aren’t. That is a sad fact. As much as I hate Richards he is the same kind of player as Pleks except better. So, those deals were not coming our way.

          2. Even if the deals were offered (which they would never be), we couldn’t make them because unlike Philly we have almost nothing else on this team. Other than Pleks and Cammi our only good forward is Brian Gionta. MaxPac remains a prospect at this stage. So trading Pleks and Cammi for prospects ensures we miss the playoffs next year.

          • TomNickle says:

            There is a 0.1 difference in their total ppg in their NHL careers combined. That being Pleks/Cammy & Richards/Carter. Granted Richards and Carter are more coveted than Plekanec and Cammalleri but Cammalleri’s playoff performances of late would give him value close to what Carter’s is. So how about…..

            Plekanec for Schenn & Simmonds but no 2nd round pick.

            Cammalleri for Columbus’ package as it went to Philadelphia.

            Based on what Los Angeles and Columbus gave up for the players that they got, those are reasonable adjustments to the deals as they were done. So, would you do those?

          • HabFanSince72 says:

            Of the two trades you suggest I would probably take the LA one but reject the Columbus one. I would then unfortunately be left without a number one centre however.

            That is the reason Philly could do this. They still have Briere and Giroux. If we trade Pleks our centres are … it’s too sad to even type out the names.

          • TomNickle says:

            You would reject the 8th overall pick of this draft, a third round pick and the #7 overall pick from a draft long far gone for Cammalleri?

            I like Cammalleri as much as the next guy but holy cow.

          • HabFanSince72 says:

            8th picks:
            2008 Mikkel Boedker
            2007 Zach Hamill
            2006 Peter Mueller
            2005 Devin Setoguchi
            2004 Alexandre Picard
            2003 Braydon Coburn
            2002 Pierre-Marc Bouchard
            2001 Pascal Leclaire
            2000 Nikita Alexeev

          • TomNickle says:

            9th picks

            Josh Bailey
            Logan Couture
            James Sheppard
            Brian Lee
            Ladislav Smid
            Dion Phaneuf
            Peter Taticek
            Tuomo Ruutu
            Brent Krahn

            Same years. If you don’t have an incompetent scouting staff you can’t screw up a top 10 pick these days.

  56. lukas-joshua says:

    How do you give a player 5.7 , when that player only has a handful of games under his belt in 2 years? He’s soft just like gill, and Hammer that we’ll give a contract 2. We’ll get put out in the first round again this year.

  57. lukas-joshua says:

    Our management, is part of the reason we had 2 watch the Bruins with the cup this year.

  58. lukas-joshua says:

    PG is nuts 2 give him that money.

    • patience is a virtue says:

      i can’t see how it could have been any lower. maybe 2 years instead of 3, but that would have been driving a hard bargain. that’s no way to treat markov. he won’t be the first player to make a strong comeback from successive surgeries. see wisniewski, james.

    • savethepuck says:

      That’s a comment from a typical Hab Fanatical Fan. They don’t ask what have you done for me, they only say what have you done for me this month. He is still only 32 and he signed for the same money he did 5 years ago ( do you know what inflation is?). But I guess you were probably one of the ones on here last summer spouting doom and gloom that we traded Halak and kept Carey because you remember that Jaro played better than Carey for the last 4 months that they were together.

      “That beautiful bastard scored semi-conscious.” On the Rocket’s Game 7 game winning goal against the Bruin’s April, 1952

  59. New says:

    Sometimes I think it would be nice if all players put as much thought into their responses as Markov. Class act. Hope he stays a Canadien until he decides to retire.

  60. Pierre LeBrun tweets,

    “Kevin Epp, agent for RFA-to-be Josh Gorges, says he hasn’t spoken to Habs GM Pierre Gauthier for weeks but hopes to see him this weekend”.

    • twocents says:

      He’s RFA, there is no rush.

      There are other priorities over the next few weeks. If a deal gets done great, but I am sure they will qualify him and that’s all that matters at this point.

    • scrowe21 says:

      Meh..They have all summer to sign him. Maybe someone will go for an offer sheet and we can pick up some picks.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      I dont think this is an issue, more Lebrun trying to make something out of nothing. These media guys are sitting around St Paul looking for stories to top each other.

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      I don’t understand that. Why didn’t PG even talk to his agent?

      Did negotiating Darche’s contract take up that much of his time?

      • HabinBurlington says:

        HF72, kind of a vague tweet, says he hasn’t talked to him in weeks. So realistically, 2 weeks ago they are chatting about it and agree to wait till Markov and draft is over and then they will complete it. At least that is how I want to read it. Suppose there is always the possibility that Gorges is in play trade bait wise…

  61. NCRhabsfan says:

    Welcome back Andrei! You would have looked out of place in a different jersey.

  62. Bugs says:

    Did anyone ask’m point blank if we could expect him to be at 100% come first game of the season?
    (sorry if I missed it)

    Gone figuratively fishin filibusts L. B. Potter, esq.

  63. longbow says:

    A face only a mother and Habs fans could love !

    “Wanting is often more pleasurable than having.It is not logical but it is often true.” – Spock

  64. patience is a virtue says:

    Markov is all class and sincerity. Sometimes second language speakers are more “articulate” than those speaking fancy dancy silly frilly willy in their mother tongue. Andrei’s mumble-bumble frankness and awkward humour are disarming. I imagine his straight up attitude and deep commitment are an important part of the dressing room culture and hope he stays healthy this season and for many more to come.

  65. christophor says:

    Signature Markov Chin and all.

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