Where’s Andrei?

Andrei Markov did not accompany the Canadiens to San Jose.
There are unconfirmed reports he has gone ahead to Los Angeles, where the team plays Saturday afternoon.
The ever-helpful Canadiens PR staff has supplied no details on the defenceman’s whereabouts, leaving the Twitterverse to explode with speculation … including the suggestion that a 32-year-old defenceman who’s had two knee surgeries and hasn’t played in almost 13 months might be involved in a trade.
And Pierre Lebrun of ESPN, quoting a source close to Markov, Tweets the defenceman is getting a “medical assessment” today.
What a mess!


  1. NorthernHab says:

    If he’s out forever then his salary is not counted against the cap. Molson will eat it and wash it down with a cold Ex. It was a good gamble and well see if he plays. They know the odds and the options. Worse case for us is he comes back and is half the player. Then we send him to the minors with Gommer. Hard core but that’s business.

  2. Rickly33 says:

    Either rebuild, or trade, or coach and or Gm gone. You know what I was and am a player, true players hate to lose.

  3. NorthernHab says:

    Hopefully he’s getting a good nights rest and didn’t bother watching his team try to hold a lead.

  4. Rickly33 says:

    Chill out? A third through the season, I’m a huge hab fan and I don’t how anyone that can take any good out of a loss. What is it now 4 and we had the lead for three of them. Look you folks keep pretending that something good is coming. This is our team all year if nothing is done. Cole a first year player, who is a power forward is our best player, there’s problems people!

  5. cdhc says:

    The poster who stated the Habs signed him for 3 years because had they not someone else would have has it right. Who else would you have rather signed? He’s world class people. A gamble of course, but who ever gained anything without taking chances. It’s what life is all about. Chill out.

  6. Everlasting1 says:

    Andrei is looking for some booty. Leave him alone.

    Thus sayeth the Lord, “Destroyed I the Amorite before them, whose height was like the height of the cedars, and he was strong as the oaks.” Amos 2:9

    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

  7. --Habs-- says:

    Where is Louis Leblanc? Did the Martian call him up to sit on on the Beach while les boys stunk out the Honda Center. Which forward did Louis Leblanc not deserve to replace!

  8. 44har48 says:

    Really??? This is news??? Anaheim is LA folks, he didn’t “go to LA”, he was there…its like a suburb for pete’s sake. He is not playing in San Jose so he is probably seeing a Dr and rehabbing in LA until the Habs come back down Saturday.

    I heard last night he is due back against the Islanders the 13th…I for one, can’t wait. This guy is a top 10 Dman in this league easy and with his experience, smarts, and skill, I see him compensating for any slowness or drawback from injury by simply playing smarter. This guy is not a waste of money and as others have pointed out, if he cant come back this year or ever, LTI means cash to replace him like they did with Wisnewski. Markov Gomez

    My problem, is with this coaching, and I’m not getting into it anymore, Markov is not going to be the difference maker. The Habs have the tools to compete for home ice in the first round of playoffs. We won’t win anything consistantly with this old school madness of a game plan and how these guys are used. Hey, I like the old NHL better, but this is not the old NHL and Darche should not be getting more PP ice time than Eller, THX for finally saying it Mike B.

    Did everyone like how Anaheim took it to us with the lead last night to put the dagger in deeper? That my friends is the new NHL, like it or not and thats how you win. I think forechecking two guys, getting a lead and sitting back in your trap is, well, you all see what happens, I don’t need to point it out.

  9. pedro says:

    Habs defensive style hockey is boring bring back the flying ofensive style Habs the fans deserve better Mr Molson;look what JM has done to PJ time for a change.


    • kakey says:

      Who’s PJ? Stock?

      I agree. At least if we were to lose we get to see some exciting games. I heard from a broadcaster who said last time the Habs had a top 10 scorer it was Mats Naslund!

  10. --Habs-- says:

    A trade! Ha ha ha! No disrespect here to Mr Markov who I like and respect but also understand he’s filthy rich which gives me the freedom to say what I’m going to say. What will we trade him for a pair of crutches with blades attached held together with a hockey stick?

  11. Laramy87 says:

    I guess some ppl on here do not fully understand the situation. When Markov is healthy he is easily top ten in the league. I agree he is a question mark right now, but how is he wasted money. Right now he is counting against the cap because he is not on LTI. If he goes on LTI we have his salary to work with.

    Some people are so negative and thinking right away he is going to get injured again, well fine LTI and we have 5 million to work with. If he plays we have top 10 dman in the league

    Long-Term Injuries:

    A player expected to miss at least 10 games and 24 days due to injury can be listed as a long-term injury (LTI).
    An LTI can be covered by replacement players, as long as the replacement salaries do not exceed the salary of the injured player.
    If the replacement salaries would push a team over the salary cap, the team is allowed cap relief, but only for the portion of the salary that exceeds the cap.
    When the injured player returns, the team must immediately comply with the normal terms of the salary cap.

    • Captain aHab says:

      You have $5 million to work with but you also have to trade an asset to secure that new $5 million player. Another team is unlikely to just give him to you. Maybe we could ask the NHL for a mulligan on including McDonaugh in the Gomez trade?;-)

  12. Mr.Hazard says:

    If you guys are pissed about the money being wasted on Markov/Gomez/JM, imagine how annoyed the OWNERS are! Just think about that. No one feels the weight of those contracts more than the guys in charge.

    • Bripro says:

      I’m sure their costs are covered. At $10-12/beer and seat prices, don’t kid yourself. Concession stands, marketed product. No worries there.
      They’re probably more peeved at the fact that the team is not headed for a top-8 finish, hence missing the playoffs. There’s the money-maker.

  13. O-ZoneVertigo says:

    Well, if their games are boring to watch, this whole drama, mystery and suspense around Markov is certainly keeping me entertained.

  14. I’d like to hear that conversation, where PG tried to sell Markov to some GM like a used car salesman.

    Need a D-Man? He’s hardly been used…


  15. Sotxhabsfan says:

    Just saw a story about the NBA Amnesty Clause where a team can cut one player and his salary won’t count against their cap…
    I wonder if the NHL owners are paying attention. I personally would be lobbying to get it put into play immediately!

  16. Castor says:

    This reminds me of the “Bowling” times in ’09.
    The team is on a downward spiral and everything is a crazy story.
    Remember what happened that year?
    They made the playoffs by overtime and got swept in 4.
    Then Gainey blew up the team and got a new coach.
    PG should take a lessen and not wait until year’s end.
    I’m not saying blow up the team… but the coach…

  17. Habsrule1 says:

    Boone…that photo is very offensive to me, and all the other “Church of Waldo” worshippers.
    I thank you for removing it immediately!

    Go Habs Go!!

    “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

  18. HABZ24 says:

    trade markov and gomez for a bucket of pucks to be named later. millions spent for nothing

    • zorro says:

      Markov + Gomez = 13 million $$ of garbage.

      • Habsrule1 says:

        Wow…Markov garbage. The hockey IQ in this room is staggering.

        Go Habs Go!!

        “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

        • habsperspective says:

          Actually he is garbage, currently, just like any corporate world thinking, the same mentality always come to the surface.

          What have you done for me lately. Thats why there paid so rediculously. What hes done in the past bears nothing going forward, except for unrealistic expectations.

          He was no help two years ago in dispatching the Penguins in seven games. He was no help in loosing to Boston in seven last year either.

          And he continues to be no help aslong as he doesnt play, which has been over a year now. Do you honestly think hell come back anywhere near his previous achievements.

          And if management hadnt put all there eggs in one basket as per usual, they would of assessed there options much better, then with the rose coloured glasses they wanted to see the situation for.

          Letting Hamrlik, and Wiz, and all sorts of other non injured Defenceman walk right out by. Does that sound like wisdom to you.

          But you right the hockey IQ is staggering.

  19. Sharks9 says:

    IT’S THE END OF THE WORLD! We have no idea what’s actually happening with Markov but let’s all quickly jump on the doom and gloom bandwagon! Quickly, there’s enough spots for everyone!

    25 before 14

    • Captain aHab says:

      I’m not of the doom and gloom crowd yet but if he gets reinjured again long term in the first couple of games, can we all agree that it will have been a lousy investment?

      I mean I can see why JM would want him to come back VERY healthy….his job security probably depends on it.

      • Habsrule1 says:

        It was a risk that had to be taken. How would everyone feel if he was signed by the bruins instead and came back better than ever?

        Go Habs Go!!

        “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

  20. Sotxhabsfan says:

    With how long Markov’s been out, would it make more sense for him to play a couple of games with the Bulldogs for conditioning?
    Just throwing it out there.

    • Habsrule1 says:

      Cause he’d make it through waivers.
      Actually, I don’t really know if he’d have to go through waivers.

      Go Habs Go!!

      “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

      • Mike D says:

        I’m not 100% sure, but I think a 3 game conditioning stint is allowed and he wouldn’t have to go through waivers.

        Something like that anyway.

        I also think it would be a good idea.

        – Honestly yours

      • Sotxhabsfan says:

        Obviously I wouldn’t expect them to put him on waivers. I don’t really know how it works. I don’t like baseball at all, but they don’t rush their star players back if they’ve been out a while, they let them get some conditioning in an easier environment. If player safety is that important it would be a nice option to have.

        • Habsrule1 says:

          Agreed….I was mostly just trying to be funny.

          Go Habs Go!!

          “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

          • Habsrule1 says:

            And yes I do think many teams would be willing to gamble on Markov.

            Go Habs Go!!

            “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

        • phillyhab says:

          Briere played for the Phantoms after long-term injury for conditioning a few years ago. I’m sure there’s a way, and I’m sure it’s not going to happen.

  21. habsfan0 says:

    I’m beginning to get an uneasy and sinking feeling that Geoff Molson will be to the Montreal Canadiens what Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. is to the Buffalo Bills.

  22. Sean Bonjovi says:

    “Medical assessment” and “Appointment to officially receive doctor’s approval to play first game” Are similar phrases.

  23. DLS HAB says:

    Medical assesment!?!? He needs to get out there and play. If the knee won’t stand up, it might be over for him. This situation is getting silly, honestly.

  24. 24 Cups says:

    FYI. Matt Walker on re-entry waivers. Adjusted cap hit is for 1M but he still has two years left on his contract. 6’4″/215/ 31 years old.

    Pronger is out (again) for at least a month.

  25. Rudy says:

    So Hammer is a healthy scratch tonight in DC to play Sid. JM would never do that to a veteran, welcome to the Dale Hunter philosophy

    • 24 Cups says:

      Hamrlik isn’t the problem.

      Healthy scratches can begin with half milers like Ovechkin, Semin, Backstrom and Green.

      Maybe we should just end the schedule and have Pittsburgh and Boston play for the conference title.

      When does the golf season start again?

      • Habsolutely says:

        it’s golf season all year round here…

      • savethepuck says:

        Sounds like when everyone on here handed the Flyer’s the Conference title and a free pass into the Cup Finals last year at the trade deadline. How did that prediction turn out.

        “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
        Carey Price

  26. Steeltown Hab says:

    Markov’s out longer than expected? I’m shocked…

  27. karatekid says:

    Unreal. I still don’t understand the 3 years, 1 year I get, but why commit long term to “the question mark”

    Come for Habs, Stay for Weird

    • habs03 says:

      Tony Marinaro, who has been always right when its comes to Markov mentioned that the reason the Habs agreed on 3 years instead of a 2 year contact, is because Markov got an insurance plan that covers more of Markov salary if he gets hurt.

    • Habsrule1 says:

      Cause if we didn’t, someone else would have. How would Markov look in black & yellow?

      Go Habs Go!!

      “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

  28. Marc10 says:

    Ah the intentionally poorly done photoshop! Love it. You could apply the Waldo treatment to most of the guys on the team during the last game.

    Apparently Andrei’s there, but not going to play…

    Not feeling too optimistic. There’s a serious problem in that room and whatever it is… that cancer has to be cut out right quick.

  29. SeriousFan09 says:

    Pierre Lebrun and Renaud Lavoie say Markov’s getting one last rundown on his knee for a green light to play.

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
    SF09 on Twitter

  30. Habsolutely says:

    Maybe Markov stayed behind to meet up with Ovechkin and throw Boudreau a welcome to Anaheim party?

  31. habs03 says:

    LMAO PG is just trolling the media, this guy loves shutting them down on getting any information!!

  32. JoeC says:

    Who, Brad Richards? Oh wait he was going to NYR from day 1, who else? Give it up we didnt have an option on ANY game changer at all this offseason. And dont you dare say the Wiz, whos no where neard a game changer at all, and not doing that great for his huge contract in C olumbus

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