Markov makes Pittsburgh trip

My, my. Look who’s arrived in Pittsburgh: it’s Canadiens defenceman Andrei Markov (left) with fellow D Hal Gill.

Allen McInnis, Gazette

Andrei Markov, who has not been seen in public since he suffered an injury in Game 1 of the Pittsburgh series was on the team’s charter to the Steel City today. Earlier in the day, coach Jacques Martin said there was no news on Markov’s condition but it’s believed that he’s not ready to play.

Conor McKenna of the Team 990, who broke the news Markov had suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament, reports Markov has not had surgery and could suit up with the injury.

Sergei Kostitsyn, who has been in Martin’s doghouse, was not on the flight.

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Compilation of Game 4 no-calls



  1. phillyhab says:

    With the moves management has made in the last 20 years, nothing is surprising.  If the right offer is made and the numbers work,  A LOT of things could look good on paper.  Depending on how all the signings go, we might have some real needs.  If we lose Plek, for example (and I’m not looking at numbers mind you),  would you say no to Jeff Carter and Boucher/Leighton for Halak and a pick?

  2. HabFab says:

    JJ, don’t know how you do it my man but respect you for it and appreciate your input here!

  3. Bob Barker says:

    I’d imagine playing on a knee with a torn ACL puts more strain on the rest of ligaments in the knee. 

  4. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey we work as a team, and we win as a team. we play 5 man defence – not just 2. we play with energy, we play with Subban in Markov’s place (for now) – Pk could have been with us since the Olympics, but nevermind that.

    I was very hurt when Saku left. He was more than a hockey player.

    I will support Markov now during the playoffs – and I am not advocating that they trade him.

    Once the playoffs are done, everything is open for discussion.

    Now we are at war.

    I support the troops!

  5. Chris says:

    Agreed.  The only way we don’t have both still with the Habs next fall is if Price demands a trade.  And I don’t see that from him right now…he appears by all accounts to be working his butt off to become the goalie everybody wants him to be. 

    He’s young…time is still on his side.  As long as the Habs don’t low-ball the heck out of him, I can’t see him asking out of town.

  6. SeriousFan09 says:

    I remember how weak Markov was in the Olympics, barely effective as he tried to play through a back injury. He tried to rest up a bit more and considering how poorly he played with a week’s worth of rest more, I don’t see how he could’ve done anything in the set of Flyers games, that and I do not recall there ever being word he got medical clearance to play in those two games. He didn’t exactly win a Tournament All-Star honour from the Olympics, he was barely effective because of his back injury.

    They can let Saku walk because he was 34, beat up as hell and just couldn’t play the top 6 anymore the way they needed him to, Markov can still easily perform his duties. Markov is under contract for another year and I don’t see why the team should let him walk or trade him. There is no way to replace him through free agency or get a trade for a younger defencemen without giving major assets over in the trade. It means instead of counting on Markov to be the elite blueliner who carries the D, we’d now be relying on PK and how is that an improvement except Subban is younger? It isn’t, it is nuts to think we can just lean on one top defencemen every year and expect results. Two elite defencemen are better than one, and the Canadiens had their most success when the blue line had those aces on the back end. No one will just hand over a younger defencemen of Markov’s calibre and trading for an older gets us what? A guy with a shorter shelf life? No thanks. Markov and Subban are how we have a great defence for next year, not by taking away the team’s MVP of the last 5 years and drop it all on the rookie’s head.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  7. Rugger says:

    When I saw that list, what I see is that both P & H will be back as the Goalie trade market will be non-existant and why would someone give an offer sheet, losing valuable picks when they could sign one of the decent ones on the list

  8. Cable Guy says:

    Not ready?  Are you nuts?  He finished number 1 amongst all goalies in the AHL this year, I saw 5 games with him and he was stellar every game.  29 wins, 9 loses and 4 shoot out loses.  goals against of 2.00 and save percentage of .919.  6 shutouts.  What else does he have to do to be ready????

  9. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey we work as a team, and we win as a team. we play 5 man defence – not just 2. we play with energy, we play with Subban in Markov’s place (for now) – Pk could have been with us since the Olympics, but nevermind that.

    I was not happy that he missed those 2 games against the Flyers on friday and Saturday night, and then he practiced with the Russians on Sunday evening.

    There was widespread criticism – even from the gentlemen like jacques Demers.- who does not like criticising anyone like markov.

    I have also indicated that I would trade markov in the off season – no problem.

    If this team can let Saku walk, why can it not trade markov?

    But we’re deep into the playoff run, now.

    maybe its just my point of view, but the only guy I would criticise today is the guy who did not make the trip.

    and I stopped that yesterday when I saw that he was finished as a hab.

    I was told that I didn’t know sh-t by one poster – maybe that guy is right??

    after all, its just my simple opinions that i’m stating here. I’m not an expert GM or anything of the sort.

    I will support markov no matter what he decided to do – in the playoff run.


  10. The Teacher says:

    Yup, that was definitely an interference call that was not made. Not even half of the actual non-calls are in the video. Was quite ridiculous last night.


    Please give us McReary since we can’t have Fraser anymore (god he used to make me SHUDDER).

  11. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …well obviously I am ‘a cheesehead’ (Canadian) …so always want Us to win …but Finland and others may have better chance to win than usual because of the youth on Our Team

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

  12. SeriousFan09 says:

    Because it’s been brought up in the playoffs, questioning his lack of point production, accusations of him wimping out for the 2-game set with the Flyers before the Olympics, saying he should be traded in the off-season…

    It astounds me to see that his commitment is questioned and I just thought I’d point he seems to be just as committed as anyone right now to seeing the team win if he is in fact readying to get back into action while playing with a torn ACL.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  13. J.J. of Turku says:

     I’m on my way…



  14. J.J. of Turku says:

    Well… I’m a Finnish guy… So, in my opinion it would be really nice to win once a while… Winning the great Canada would be awesome to whole Finnish hockey edudation system…But I’m also a realist, so your order would be really good for me..


  15. Storm Man says:

    If he also has a meniscus tear even more pain, If he did not tear his meniscus his tolerance to the pain of torn ACL should be ok. 

  16. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …GO JJ !!!

    …put down Your laptop, and pop a few Viagra

    …you’ll soon have a smile on Your face JJ

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

  17. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey we work as a team, and we win as a team. we play 5 man defence – not just 2. we play with energy, we play with Subban in Markov’s place (for now) – Pk could have been with us since the Olympics, but nevermind that.

    why would you bring that crap here in the middle of the playoff run?

    very disappointing comment.

  18. 24 Cups says:

    Jon – good post on the other thread concerning Hab player development.  I still think it’s a weakness with Montreal but your point is food for thought.

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