Martin: Markov should play on the weekend

Pre-game AUDIO: Jacques Martin | Hal Gill | Jeff Halpern | Tom Pyatt

When the Canadiens play the Phoenix Coyotes tonight, they’ll have the same lineup which blanked the Ottawa Senators 3-0 Saturday night.

But coach Jacques Martin expects to make an important lineup change this weekend when defenceman Andrei Markov receives clearance to play. Martin said Markov has been cleared for contact and has been a regular part of the team’s practices for the past week. He said all that remains is a final clearance from the team doctors.

Martin said fitness shouldn’t be a concern for Markov, who has been recovering from off-season knee surgery. Markov’s return will provide a boost not only on defence but also on the power play which ranks last in the NHL. The Canadiens have one power-play goal in 24 opportunities for a success rate of 4.2 per cent.     


  1. fbkj says:

    could you copy paste this


    and stuff

  2. saskhabfan says:

    Or better still when only 4 teams were even interested in his services. Its not like they were trading ryan miller where it would get the attention of most of the leagues g.m.’s.

  3. bwoar says:

    No, jackwagon, it’s B.S. like this:

    Think how solid this team would be, if we would have gotten a fair ROI in the Halak trade instead of an AHL player and a goon.”

    When Eller and Shultz are 25 years old, let’s see how they’re playing and then evaluate the trade.  Hopefully you’ll have dropped dead by then though, cos you sure are boring.  Maybe the rest of those unique visitors have warped into a magical kingdom, where morons like you are actually correct some of the time.  Maybe you drink some Kool-Aid and find out? 

  4. showey47 says:

    yesterday i went back 10 years in nhl trades and unless i missed something not one goalie that was traded recieved a player in return that was picked as high as eller was. The closest was the dwayne roloson trade to edmonton.

  5. showey47 says:

    Very true,players can recieve offer sheets as of draft day. We could have only have recieved picks instead of players.

  6. punkster says:

    You can dream but this one’s not even on any other GM’s radar. Not a fair trade unless the 2nd line winger wth 25 goals is presently injured or has repetitve concussion injuries.

  7. pic1983 says:

    I agree, but only because his cap hit is worse than spacek’s.  Spacek i would say is our biggest disappointment on D this year, hes been downright awful. 

  8. Kooch7800 says:

    He will be putting up some big numbers this year in the AHL I would think.  be interesting next year to see what PG does.  Hammer will be gone and I would imagine OB will be as well.  some of these young guys may actually get a look

  9. pic1983 says:

    You totally over value the goalie market.

    Bryzgalov claimed off waivers from anaheim after burke placed him there because he could get nothing in a trade, and he promises bryz the opportunity to start.

    Huet was traded to washington for a 2nd round pick.

    The STANLEY CUP WINNING goalie, Anti Niemi, signed a deal with San Jose for less than the deal the blues gave halak.

    I really dont know what you were expecting to get for him.  Although one thing I can promise you is that your expectations are completely unrealistic. 

  10. fbkj says:

    im actually inclined to think we would have gotten less

  11. otter649 says:

    Kinda of the same way The leafs have been waiting to get the best deal for Kaberle……

  12. LNev says:

    Who specifically should they have gotten then?  Who was offered that they turned down for Eller & Shultz?

  13. adam76 says:

    Well if you “guarantee” it:)

    Sorry – still think we would have gotten more if we waited till the draft.

  14. adam76 says:

    This is only the second time i have expressed my views on the ROI of the trade.  This is not a price/halak thread, although some folks are trying really hard to make it one.

  15. Storm Man says:

    The other Coaches have done a great job. Turner and Crosby must go. Cowher would like to coach the Chargers he likes the weather :).

  16. Castor says:

    There’s making a point and then there’s belaboring a point to a level of nausea. You fall into the latter category on the Halak thing. Over and over again.

  17. fbkj says:

    mah tickets are in 108

    edit: hey your in gpk, cool

  18. avatar_58 says:

    Yeah it’s funny isn’t it? I still like Halak. I watched a Blues game but found myself thinking – do I want our good buddy jaro to win or lose? He wins and yay jaro, he loses and thank god – the media can shut up for a day. In fact when I saw he also got a shutout I sighed, wishing it didn’t happen just so I wouldn’t have to hear it from PJ Stock and co.

    Oh well. Fact of the matter is if Halak does well – the habs get taunted both from the media AND so called ‘fans’. Instead of just enjoying our own success and wishing Jaro well.

  19. DearyLeary says:

    To be fair, they traded negotiating rights, for Eller (who by most accounts was being sought after by a lot of teams), and a big mean forward (something the Canadiens have lacked for years). 

    If people have watched Eller on the ice they see a very strong skater with good puckhandling skills.  He’s got good vision, and is a good passer, but needs to work on his decision making.  I’d say that part of the decision making is going to come over the season, because he’ll become more accustomed to the speed of the NHL in comparison to the AHL.   The other thing people should be encouraged about Eller, is that he’s fairly well sized, and he works hard on the boards, and in front of the net.

    As far as overall return for a keeper with one real NHL season under their belt, and with goaltender equipment rule changes (which has largely been ignored by a lot of media outlets),  in a goalie market that was highly saturated, it’s really hard to gauge what they could have got in return. 

    So they got two pieces that the Canadiens have lacked for a long time, a decently sized skill center, and a mean winger.  They need a little work, but they also didn’t have to sacrifice too much considering Price’s ceiling.  Also, with the lower hit that Price brings, they were able to sign Plekanec who is having a great season, and still got Halpern at bottom dollar and a very sizeable return on the ice. 

    It was a futures deal, and one with relatively row risk, with a potentially high reward.  That’s called good management in my books.

  20. TheDagger says:

    How could you expect to get more for a guy, let alone an immediate impact player, for a player who was a couple weeks away from being a free agent?

  21. TomNickle says:

    Dean Spanos needs to clean house.  AJ has to go, and every coach on that team does too.

    They get by on talent alone.  

  22. mike g says:

    I guarantee you that if the market was there, it would have been done….

    I highly doubt Gauthier bit on the least attracting move. Any job in the world requires you to do the best you can…

    I really don’t think Gauthier would have rejected a Crosby for Halak trade, and said I WANT ELLER!!!!



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