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
• 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.
ANDREI MARKOV’S AGONY & ECSTASY
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