On Sunday, both Sovietsky Sport’s Genadi Boguslavsky and Moscow’s RIA Novosti news agency reported that Andrei Markov would not travel with his Yityaz team on this week’s three-game road trip that precedes the KHL schedule break. The locked-out Canadiens defenceman will thus miss games against Traktor Chelyabinsk on Monday, Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg on Wednesday and Metallurg Magnitogorsk on Friday.
The Gazette’s Dave Stubbs reports that Markov might be on his way back to Montreal from Russia to heal his tender ribs. But the upper-body bruising no doubt is much less troubling to the 33-year-old veteran than had he been sidelined with an injury to a right-side joint that’s between his hip and ankle.
Writes Stubbs: “With Markov, sometimes it’s better just not to mention what’s been a popular destination in recent seasons for his surgeons, that is, his knee. Oops.”
You can read Stubb’s column on Markov by clicking here.
Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times weighed in on the NHL lockout with a good column on the weekend, leading off with this line: “Hubris and hurt feelings. That is pretty much what the NHL lockout has come down to.” You can read his column by clicking here.
Meanwhile, Pat Hickey was in Hamilton to watch the Bulldogs beat the Abbottsford Heat 2-1 on Sunday. You can read his game report by clicking here.
And the new film The Last Gladiators received two thumbs up from a number of current Canadiens players who watched the documentary about NHL enforcers that focuses on the life of former Hab Chris Nilan. Read more by clicking here.
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