Markov vows he’ll be better than ever

The surgical scar is clear to see on Andrei Markov’s right knee today. Less visible is a shorter scar, from his first surgery, which runs parallel.
Pierre Obendrauf, Gazette

Stubbs column on Andrei Markov

Markov interview (20 minutes)

Andrei Markov vows to return from knee rehabilitation – again – better than ever, and says that there’s been no discussion about his contract status, the Russian defenceman eligible to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

Markov met the Montreal media today for the first time since his second ACL tear suffered in less than seven months, saying his visit to the Bell Sports Complex dressing room was his first since the Nov. 13 injury sent him to the operating room once more.

There’s been much speculation about what actually caused the injury, some suggesting Markov was hurt before he ever made contact in the corner of the rink with Carolina’s Eric Staal. Markov said today that his skate was caught in a groove in the ice and his leg twisted awkwardly, the blade stuck in the ice, when he fell in the other direction upon contact with Staal.

The 32-year-old was in good spirits, saying he’s rehabbing four-plus hours a day.



May 12, 2007: Playing for his native Russia, sprains left knee when struck knee-on-knee by Finland’s Sean Bergenheim at IIHF World Championship in Moscow

May 28, 2007: Signs four-year, $23-million contract as unrestricted free agent with Canadiens

Jan. 27, 2008: Elected a starter in NHL’s 56th All-Star Game, Atlanta

Jan. 25, 2009: Elected a starter in NHL’s 57th All-Star Game, Montreal

April 4, 2009: Suffers left knee injury vs. Maple Leafs in Toronto when checked into boards by Mikhail Grabovski, misses final four games of regular season and all four games of playoffs, Canadiens swept by Boston

Oct. 1, 2009: Suffers lacerated tendon in left foot in goal-crease collision with goalie Carey Price during season’s first game in Toronto, misses 35 games following surgery

Dec. 19, 2009: Returns to action on Long Island vs. New York Islanders, scores twice in 3-0 Canadiens win, including game-winner

Feb. 12-13, 2010: Misses final two games before Olympic break with unspecified lower-body injury, but is cleared to play and represents Russia in Vancouver Olympics

April 30, 2010: Suffers season-ending torn anterior cruciate ligament in right knee during Game 1 of Eastern Conference semifinal vs. Penguins in Pittsburgh when hit into boards by Penguins’ Matt Cooke

May 5, 2010: Has right ACL and meniscus repaired in Cleveland, surgery performed by orthopedic surgeon Anthony Miniaci

July 16, 2010: Becomes Canadian citizen

Oct. 30, 2010: Returns to action at home vs. Florida Panthers, having missed first 10 games of 2010-11 season

Nov. 13, 2010: Suffers season-ending torn ACL in right knee in Bell Centre game after colliding with Carolina’s Eric Staal

Dec. 8, 2010: Has right ACL repaired in Birmingham, Ala., surgery performed by orthopedic surgeon James Andrews

July 1, 2011: Eligible to become an unrestricted free agent


  1. Tremblant Habs Fan says:

    2. Maybe they should have done like Chicago or Philly, Niemi and Leighton got quite abit in return!

  2. Mark C says:

    A career SV% of .917% isn’t elite.

  3. RetroMikey says:

    No, but based on his career statistics, he is an elite goalie. 

    Check his stats. 

    You of all people show know better.

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

  4. RetroMikey says:

    Ouch!  That hurt punkster!

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

  5. HabFanSince72 says:

    1. How dare you suggest otherwise?

    2. OK.

    3. No, SK was never going to come good here.

    4. Yes, but the real culprits are the players themselves.

    5. Don’t understand the question.


  6. Bill says:

    1. True, if terms are reasonable

    2. True

    3. N/A – shouldn’t have gotten rid of either

    4. TRUE, never saw a worse coach for young players.

    5. Lost more than won by a considerable margin. Few Knights short of a Crusade? We’re a few bullets short of a drive-by.

    \Full Breezer 4 Life

  7. thehabsfan29 says:


    2.T but need more offense!

    3.F. both should be shipped

    4. both are equally responsible


  8. patience is a virtue says:

    1. TRUE

    2. True

    3. False

    4. N/A – Falsely presumes we have lovst good young players for little return

    5. False about the trades, true about the knights, but their names are PK Subban, Max Pac and Lars Eller.  They just need some time to learn to joust in the big leagues.

  9. patience is a virtue says:

    Well said indeed.  Sign him.  He is one of the best defensemen in the NHL and worth the risk.

  10. ProHabs says:

    I keep coming on this site hoping and hoping to finally read “Habs trade AK46”.

  11. Mark C says:

    Ribeiro: Took until his second year in Dallas to improve on his MTL numbers and a lot the increased production was due to additional ice time.

    Robidas: Took 7 seasons before he turned into the player he is today.

    Rdyer: Are you kidding? His best seasons were has a Hab.

    Samsonov: Another joke right? Was even worse on his next team, and has had one 40 point season since.

    Grabo: Played in 27 games for MTL, must have been hard for him to improve on that.

    SK74: Let’s wait until he’s played more than 20 good games.

    You should spend a little more time observing things.


  12. Seps says:

    1.  For less than 4M

    2.  What about the gaping goal scoring hole this team has had for 10 years?  (Even though Gauthier has been here for only one)

    3.  There is no “right” Kostitsyn to have.

    4.  It seems like he chews them up then spits them out so yes.

    5.  False, we’ve had some good free-agency signings but the Gomez trade was bad, the Halak trade I think we could’ve gotten more for (I still like Price in net though) and the SK trade was pretty useless.  What was the last trade we won?  But I agree about the knights.

  13. Trenton_Romulox says:

    1. F, 2. T, 3. F, 4. F, 5. T

  14. observer says:

    Martin is Gauthiwers man from way back. And this problem of not getting the maximum out of young players has been going on ever since the Gainey/Gauthier duo took over along with their handpicked coaches. Ribeiro, Robidas, Ryder as soon as he left, Samsonov even, Grabovski, S Kostitsyn, Latendresse, D’Agostini ……. you know maybe the problem isn’t the player after all? It is the Gainey/Gauthier defensive system that Martin was brought in to use  and these players just don’t fit? NOTE- Gainey is assisting Gauthier in other words there has been no change vand as usual this team is again back fighting for a playoff spot.

  15. longbow says:

    Need some close support there buddy ?

  16. Mark C says:

    You’d think Jack Adams’ could get his team up for a game like that. All I know is people have a fit about JM when Montreal loses to teams like the Devils.

  17. habs365 says:

    AK-46 in the last 3-years has average around 40-pts a that would make him a 2nd or 3rd liner..I would say the Habs should hang on to him for the 3rd line and try to improve the first line with a young player that can score the big goals..where they’re gonna get a player like that or what they would have to give up..I have no idea..that’s for the big wheels to determine..I wouldn’t give up on this guy..that’s been our downfall for a few years now and if we stay this route the habs stanley cup chances is gonna be a long ways off.

  18. SeriousFan09 says:

    Bulldogs win a scoreless game in SO, Alex Avtsin had the SO winner, he’s 3 for 5 this season in the shootout and this was his 2nd game-winner in the shootout.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  19. punkster says:

    BOOM! Someone has delusions.



  20. SeriousFan09 says:

    A .911 save percentage had Carey a bum last season, now that’s elite category along with a 2.49 GAA?

    One playoff run does not make you elite.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  21. RetroMikey says:

    KABANG!  Someone needs glasses.

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

  22. Landof10000lakesHab says:

    1. Markov is a must sign – Habs best all round Dman, even if 80% effective.

    2. Yes – PG has done a great job of plugging holes.

    3. As stated earlier – AK is currently the top plus/minus player on the team, the team leader in hits, and despite the recent slump, is the 5th highest point producer on the Habs. SK walked out on the Habs last Ocober and was a major distraction for the team and coaching staff. The only folks who truly miss him are a few members of the press.

    4. If both T/F lead down only one path, then no correct answer.

    5. Win a few – lose a few, in the end moving forward.

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