Markov back in October: RDS

Renaud Lavoie of RDS reports via Twitter at noon-hour that Canadiens defenceman Andrei Markov will return to action in the month of October.

Markov has been out of action since Game 1 of the Canadiens’ Eastern Conference semifinal vs. Pittsburgh. He had a torn anterior cruciate ligament surgically repaired on May 5 and has been in rehab since that time.

The Russian all-star hasn’t yet been seen skating with the team but he said on the first day of training camp (not exactly narrowing it down) that he thought he’d be back in action “maybe in a month, maybe more, maybe less.”


  1. ZepFan2 says:

    Let me ask you this.

    What would happen if the Habs were to trade a defenseman that won the norris 6 times…in a row, for basically a scraper?

    This place would implode. You act like that’s what happened with Gainey/Gauthier. It didn’t.

    Like I said, you NEVER look at the positives with this team. Sad for you.

    “To me, if this team is not amongst the best teams in the league and a legit Cup threat then there is a problem.”

    Yeah, there is a problem.

    There’s 29 other teams, not 5. That’s the problem.

    Btw, I’ve probably seen more Stanley cup parades then you have. Starting in ’68.


    After admiring the Stanley Cup: “This is the only thing that has seen more parties than us.”
    – Steven Tyler

  2. WarHero says:

    One of the only ways to help ourselves with the Trolls, is to simply stop replying to their garbage. I am guilty of it myself and will be doing my best not to anymore as it only provokes them. Most of them do it for the sheer fun of watching us take the bait.

    I emplore all you that come here on a regular basis to have some fun and talk hockey with other SERIOUS Habs fans to no longer reply to those type of posts! Only together can we overcome the morons and reclaim HIO as the knowledgeable community of true fans that it used to be!!

    WHO’S WITH ME?!?!?!?!


    Never judge another man’s decision poor until you actually have proof of it failing!

  3. ManApart says:

    I don`t think closing your eyes and saying everything the Habs do is awesome and every move is spectacular is being a fairweather fan. Let`s face it, this team has not been close to winning a Cup in over 15 years. Even last year wasn`t very close. They are not a top 5 contender this year either. To me, if this team is not amongst the best teams in the league and a legit Cup threat then there is a problem. I believe management has not been great the past 6-7 years and I express why. I also talk about positives, like what a gem we had in Halak (unfortuneately management thought otherwise) and how much I like guys like Pleks, Cammy, Markov, Gio and a young guy like Subban. I just have seen a lot more negatives than positive the last while and express that. I am old enough to remember the glory years and expect excellence. Maybe some of you guys are younger and have been exposed to squeaking into the playoffs every year and consider making the playoffs a successful season, so think things are great because the team wins a playoff round every few years. If you knew what a winner was, you`ld scoff at how this team has been for the past decade also. Management builds teams, so take the brunt of my critism.

  4. habaddict_andy says:

    No I don’t dig any useless bones, including your statement.


    Scott Gomez to Montreal Media “You’re a pain in the neck, but you’re our pain in the neck.”

  5. habaddict_andy says:

    It depends on what you mean by over rated.  If you mean he will cary the team, maybe so.  But he has an incredible vision of the play.  He has sick passes which usual result in goals.  When he has the puck he put the players on the ice in the zone where they just seem to gain confidence.

    The record of wins and losses speak for themselfs.  I’m not posting the numbers cause we have seen them already many times.  For you to say “big deal” says you don’t know anything accept digging for your bone.


    Scott Gomez to Montreal Media “You’re a pain in the neck, but you’re our pain in the neck.”

  6. TheDagger says:

    Not to mention Plekanec and Subban!

    Edit: Oh, first rounders.. either way.

  7. mike g says:


    That’s why when I saw him dangling through players like butter, I immediately went to the ESPN HIO fantasy pool and picked him up!



    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

    I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  8. pic1983 says:

    I agree that it’s just a pre-season game, but Paajarvi made it look so natural.  Can’t wait to see what he’s capable of when the games count. 

  9. pic1983 says:

    Paajarvi was ridiculously impressive.  Taylor Hall also looked like the real deal.  It makes sense that Paajarvi looked so good, hes had great success at both the world championships (against NHL caliber talent) and in the swedish elite league, but man was I impressed with that kid.  Lookin up for the oilers.

    But once again, that’s drafting success through tanking. 

  10. mike g says:

    I watched the whole game…

    The kid Pajaarvi looked real good, but let’s all agree it was only one pre-season game. Alot are saying he will be great, and I hope so. If he continues to play the way he did yesterday, he’ll be just fine. The kid has wheels, wow…

    Taylor looked like he was trying too hard. Normal, considering his situation, but I think he’s really good.

    They should have a nice team in 3 years. Like seriousfan said below, they just gotta shore up the blueline.


    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

    I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  11. Mark C says:

    Edmonton has kinda sucked at drafting in the first round until the past three drafts.

    2000: Alexei Miknov @ 17

    2001: Hemsky @ 13

    2002: Jesse Niinimaki @ 15

    2003: Marc-Antoine Pouliot @ 22

    2004: Devan Dubnyk @ 14, Rob Schremp @ 25

    2005: Cogliano @ 25

    2007: Gagner @ 6, Alex Plante @ 15, and Riley Nash @ 21


    Really only Hemsky and Gagner have done anything out of the 10 players.


    Over that same time frame Montreal has drafted: Hainsey, Komisarek, Higgins, Price, AK46. 

  12. cautiousoptimist says:

    It’s gotta be tough to be a prospect in the Habs system right now.  I know management is saying nobody’s spot is a sure thing like they’re supposed to, but there’s really just one open spot in the lineup, to be fought over by Darche, Pacioretty, Maxwell, Desharnais and White, and Darche is the only one of those guys with a one-way contract so the best-case scenario for the rest of those guys — at least unless injuries happen — is that they’ll be spending the season in the press box, and giving Darche the occasional night off.

    1. – not a hockey site, but still kinda neat
    2. Mike Boone: “With Gainey at my side, I’d walk into any dark alley in the world.”
  13. Jamal says:

    Anyone want tickets to tonight’s game? 2 tix, cost price in the whites.

    Wish i could go and see Eller but I’ve got to be strategic this year with games and the girlfriend.

    Msg me.

  14. SeriousFan09 says:

    Oilers don’t have a defensive prospect group like CHI built through the draft though, they’ll need to heavily target Defencemen in the next draft to get going, best thing for them is to bottom out and try for Adam Larsson.

    MPS could be next impact Swede to hit the NHL I think, seems to have it all there.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  15. HFX-HabFan says:

    The Habs also haven’t had the luxury of having top ten picks (including last year’s first overall) in three of the last four entry drafts.

  16. ManApart says:

    Was checking out the Oiler highlights from last night. Wow, they have some very nice young talent all coming up at the same time. Reminds me a little of The Blackhawks 4 years ago. I know Habs management can`t draft 1st rounders if their life depended on it, but it would be nice to be in the Oil`s shoes right now.

  17. HFX-HabFan says:

    Anyone else hoping for Ryan White to mix it up and give the coaching staff (good) headaches as to whether or not he should stick with the big club?

  18. ZepFan2 says:

    I’ll be happy when the Habs lose a bunch of games?…

    That’s the impression you give off from every one of your posts.

    You look for the negatives and ignore the positives.

    You’re a fairweather fan, imo!


    After admiring the Stanley Cup: “This is the only thing that has seen more parties than us.”
    – Steven Tyler

  19. HFX-HabFan says:

    Nice!  I told you, the man is a fast healer, regardless of injury.

  20. RJ says:

    GREAT NEWS getting our best player back!!!

    “My face is my mask,” Gump Worsley

  21. WarHero says:

    Doub’t it :)


    Never judge another man’s decision poor until you actually have proof of it failing!

  22. mrhabby says:

    The best news i have heard since the playoffs ended.

  23. says:

    There is something wrong with you.

    They Call Me Shane

  24. ManApart says:

    I’ll be happy when the Habs lose a bunch of games? You are very wrong as usual. My world is an honest one and a genuine one. I’m just stating what I think will happen. It doesn’t mean I will be happy about it.

  25. Ian Cobb says:

    Waiting for problems James is watching a hockey game. This is a game of trying to make your opponent make mistakes.

    If no mistakes the game would not end, there would be no goals my friend.

  26. ZepFan2 says:

    At least you’ll be happy.

    Isn’t that all that matters in your world?


    After admiring the Stanley Cup: “This is the only thing that has seen more parties than us.”
    – Steven Tyler

  27. mike g says:

    You are so right…

    Winter, with all the slush and storms and crazy cold winds and mountains of snow, mixed with negative Price talk…

    Oh boy, now I know why people hate winter.


    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

    I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  28. Ian Cobb says:

    Any line up out yet?

  29. ManApart says:

    Wait until he starts to string a bunch of losses together, once the season starts. It won’t be pretty in this town.

  30. adam76 says:

    40 Posts and no one is talking about Price?  WHAT UP WITH THAT?

  31. habs03 says:

    Late in the season, Tanguay was hurt, doctors said you can play but you have to play in pain, Tanguay said he didn’t to play and risk getting hurt since it was his contract year.

  32. Mattyleg says:

    Yeah, let’s keep our cool here.

    Wasn’t it poor widdle Tanguay (or someone) who was complaining that he was rushed back to ‘health’ and ended up hurting himself again?

    We can do without him for an extra month at the beginning of the season while everyone’s still fresh rather than overextending him and having to play without him when the team is in a post-season race.

    That being said, I’d love to see him back tomorrow.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  33. Kooch7800 says:

    I think that is all you man

  34. Mark Della Posta says:

    We might actually have something resembling a power-play before the all-star break!!!

  35. ManApart says:

    It was posted on yesterday’s write up. First line will be Gio-Gomez-Eller. 

    FROM HICKEY: “The other lines should look like this: Andrei Kostitsyn-Dustin Boyd-Mathieu Darche; James Wyman-Andreas Engqvist-Dany Masse; Ryan White-David Desharnais-Max Pacioretty.

    Alex Henry and P.K. Subban will be paired on defence and Alexandre Picard will play with Ryan O’Byrne. We’ll also see two of the following four: Marc-Antoine Desnoyers, Kyle Klubertanz, Mathieu Carle and Brendan Nash.

    Alex Auld will start in goal and play 30 minutes. Coach Jacques Martin declined to say which goalie will finish the game but he said he won’t go back to Carey Price, whose next appearance will be Saturday in Ottawa. Martin will decide between Robert Mayer and Peter Delmas.

  36. says:

    Wheat Kings Home Opener tonight.  Looking forward to some live hockey.  Also looking forward to reading the game log to see Adam76 and Volcano makes arses of themselves again.

    They Call Me Shane

  37. mike g says:

    Gotta love the Ruskies….


    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

     I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  38. secretdragonfly says:

    Not that I’m superstitious or anything but for the love of god don’t let his first game be against the Leafs.

  39. derfab says:

    Our first Russian Captain!

  40. avatar_58 says:

    Did anyone else get a mental image of Markov pounding a punching bag in some sort of Rocky IV montage? I can just hear the cheesy 80’s music now…

    *runs up mountainside*


  41. Bryan says:

    Oh hells yeah!

    Andrei “Wolverine” Markov!


    The Habs are making me Bi-Polar.

  42. SlovakHab says:


    Heal fast, Marky!

  43. smiler2729 says:

    Alright back in October!! And injured again in December!!

  44. TheDagger says:

    Never seen a guy heal so quickly, damn.

  45. Dave Stubbs says:

    Alex Kovalev tore his ACL in early April and had it surgically repaired. He’s playing tonight, and he’s 37. Tribute to the dedication that both Kovalev and Markov have had to rehabilitation and the wonders of modern surgical procedure and post-surgical treatment.

    Dave Stubbs
    Habs Inside/Out
    Sports Columnist/Feature Writer, Montreal Gazette
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  46. SLONCOLD says:

    it takes 6-8 months to get back to contact sports after surgery. i made a full recovery to contact sports after 5 months anythign after october 5th would be 6 months for markov.

    they thing that takes time is getting used to playing with the rebuilt ligament

  47. arcosenate says:

    Too bad Bobby Orr didn’t have the same options available in his day, imagine what the record book might look like?  Then again, as a Habs fan, it’s just as well.

  48. TheDagger says:

    Not to mention the chemical additives in the water over in Russia, these guys are freaks.

  49. Mr Dobby says:

    I’m surprised Kovy had a good conditioning plan, with the way he played on the ice. So bloody lazy. 

  50. TheDagger says:

    When you think about it though a knee doesn’t have to be all that strong to coast on…

  51. HabFanSince72 says:

    You completely misunderstand l’Artiste.

    And in any case to be in that kind of shape at that age you can’t be lazy.

  52. fbkj says:

    and yet somehow kovalev pulls it off



  53. TorontoHabsFan says:

    I was thinking the exact same thing :)

  54. ManApart says:

    Say what you want about his playing style, but his dedication to training, fitness and practice was always excellent.

  55. SeriousFan09 says:

    Never in doubt with me, Markov is a quick healer and has an excellent ethic towards conditioning. Markov and Subban to move the puck from the blue line, we haven’t two guys who can do that in a long, long time. I mean when did Breezer retire?


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  56. TheDagger says:

    A couple of years before his last game with the Habs…

  57. Propwash says:

    Markov + Subban on thepowerplay = Schweeeet


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  58. avatar_58 says:

    My loin region is tingling

  59. RetroMikey says:

    Best news I hear on this site for a long time!

    With Markov coming back earlier, I gotta admit I am one happy guy!

    Credit has to go out to Markov and the rehab staff of the Montreal Canadiens!  Respect!

    Hmmm, now we need a skilled big CMan.



    “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

  60. Mikey_39 says:

    I’d rather he take an extra month off, and focus on proper strength and conditioning.  It means nothing if he comes back in October only to get injured again. 

  61. Mr Dobby says:

    Not me, Markov on one knee is better then most with two. They won’t rush him back unless it’s a necessity.  

  62. spcbrass says:

    The recovery process is all about strength and conditioning in addition to proper treatment and rest when necessary.  He will be ready and when he does come back he will need a week or two to get himself back into game shape.  The hitting and full speed of the game take some adjusting to.  One extra month in the grand scheme of things is not going to make much of a difference in the recovery time.

  63. Aaron13 says:

    Don’t underestimate the toughness of the Russians. 

  64. Mikey_39 says:

    Ya I agree.  But I don’t want to lose him completely again.  Can you imagine what could have happened if we had markov for the whole playoffs? He’s had a series of injuries in the last two years.  I think he should spend extra time on rehabbing and more importantly strengthening to prevent future injuries.

  65. Da Hema says:

    It is also important not to overestimate it.


    “There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible and depraved than a man in the depths of an ether binge….”

    –Hunter S. Thompson

  66. Da Hema says:

    May I then suggest you visit


    “There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible and depraved than a man in the depths of an ether binge….”

    –Hunter S. Thompson

  67. ZepFan2 says:

    That’s what she said. 😉


    After admiring the Stanley Cup: “This is the only thing that has seen more parties than us.”
    – Steven Tyler

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