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Habs’ Markov suffers setback in recovery

Dec 2, 2011, 5:15 PM EDT

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Eight days ago we passed along the news that injured Habs defenseman Andrei Markov could play Wednesday in Anaheim.  Except he didn’t play. And he didn’t play Thursday in San Jose. Nor, it’s being reported, will he play Saturday in Los Angeles.

When exactly will Markov make his long-awaited return to the Montreal lineup? At this point, there’s no definitive answer. After meeting with his doctor in L.A. this week, it was decided his knee needed more time to heal.

The Canadiens (10-11-5) have just two wins in their last seven games and are entering a tough 10-game stretch in which they’ll play Vancouver, Philadelphia, Boston and Chicago.

  1. govtminion - Dec 2, 2011 at 5:24 PM

    I’m not saying it’s over for Markov, but… as much time as he’s missed the past few years, I can’t fathom why he AND the Habs are still trying to make this work. He’s a rare talent, for sure, but eventually a call has to be made on whether your body can take more of this. Sometimes a player decides ‘enough is enough’, sometimes a team does (see the NFL’s Colts dealing with talented but injury-riddled Bob Sanders). It’s rapidly approaching time for one of the two sides here to have a very honest assessment and decide whether or not this is even a good idea anymore.

    • danphipps01 - Dec 2, 2011 at 8:13 PM

      Mind you, they made their bed on this one when they signed him through to 2014 in spite of a long-term injury. They HAVE to keep trying to make something work here. I mean, they signed the new contract at the end of last year – nevermind the fact that he missed nearly the whole thing. To say “enough is enough” six months after committing to the long haul would light a fire under a lot of fans’ asses. Montreal’s not exactly a forgiving city. This was a managerial blunder from the outset, but openly admitting it now, in the middle of a slumping, unimpressive season… probably not the best play, that.

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