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Report: Canadiens offer Markov one-year, $6 million deal

Feb 24, 2014, 6:14 PM EDT

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The Montreal Canadiens would like to keep defenseman Andrei Markov once his current contract expires this summer, but they’re not eager to risk inking him to a multi-year deal.

Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin has extended a one-year, $6 million contract extension to the 35-year-old defenseman, according to TSN 690’s Tony Marinaro. That would represent a slight increase over his existing $5.75 million annual salary, but Markov is hoping for a three-year deal.

Markov remains a top-tier offensive defenseman and is particularly effective with the man advantage. He has 31 points in 59 contests this season and ranks 11th in the NHL with an average of 25:04 minutes per game.

He was just as good last season, but before that he played in only 65 games over three seasons due to knee injuries. Between his history and his age, it’s not hard to see why Montreal might view him as a risk.

Montreal also needs to re-sign defenseman P.K. Subban, who is scheduled to become a restricted free agent and is likely to command a massive salary after winning the Norris Trophy in 2013.

  1. joey4id - Feb 24, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    Sounds about right. He can be a valuable asset to help the young d men transition from AHL to full time day in and day out grind of playing in the NHL.

  2. bruinsfan55 - Feb 24, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    Is he really worth 6 million? I mean I don’t watch him too much but when he plays the bruins he looks slow, he could be valuable for leadership for young D-Men but 6 million dollar leadership?

    • bsaures - Feb 24, 2014 at 7:15 PM

      A dman who can play in all three zones for 25 mins a night effectively, quarterback a powerplay better than almost any dman in the league, be a effective PKer, and be one of the top point generating dmen over the last decade. 6 million is fair

      • aubrey623 - Feb 24, 2014 at 7:22 PM

        Yes, but subban does all of that except play the pk but he is younger faster and still able to learn how to play on the pk, plus he is a proven dman(winning the norris) and the habs exectutives are still not willing to pay him the 8 million he wants a year

      • bsaures - Feb 24, 2014 at 7:33 PM

        Pk does play the PK he just isnt on the first unit because Josh Gorges and Murray are among the best at it so they handle most of it. Why use him there when your lower ranked players excel at it and you can keepPk fresh for 5 on 5 and PP.

        Subban’s situation is completely different because they a bargaining a long term deal that will have long term impacts on the teams cap for the next decade. Negotiating for long periods is normal in these situations.

        Markov on the other hand will have only short term impact which montreal is in a good position to handle as their cap situation is very good going into next year. They can afford to give him 6 for a year or two.

    • jernster21 - Feb 24, 2014 at 11:35 PM

      He’s being offered 6 million in exchange for short term. If he gets a 2/3 year deal, it’s not going to be at 6 million a year.

  3. elrock7 - Feb 24, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    In case you haven’t noticed, the Norris trophy is a joke! They just give it to the top point getter that year. Karlson the previous year.

    How much ice time did the current (cough, cough) Norris trophy winner see in the Olympics?

    • aubrey623 - Feb 24, 2014 at 8:24 PM

      Good point but I think subban should of played more than someone like vlasic or hamhuis but not in the top 4 they are all just solid dmen

      • c9castine - Feb 24, 2014 at 9:04 PM

        yeah your right i can see how you’d say that PK subban would make a defense that let up 3 goals in 6 games better.

  4. westof1club - Feb 24, 2014 at 8:36 PM

    The Norris is a “joke” when someone other than one of your North American boyfriends wins it. Subban is a top D man in the league. He may never look or play the way YOU want, but he & Karlsson are the best skaters on the ice for their respective teams. Get over it.

    • joey4id - Feb 24, 2014 at 8:55 PM

      You and everyone else calling the Norris trophy a joke are a joke. Nicklas Lidstrom won the Norris 7 times in 10 years. He was on of the very best defensive d men of his era. You could argue that PK shouldn’t have won it, but do not disgrace the past winners of the James Norris Memorial Trophy because you disagree with the selection of one of it’s winners. Just DON’T! You are a non connaiseur of hockey and a disgrace to those of use who know the game, and it’s history.

      • laxnhockey - Feb 25, 2014 at 1:50 PM

        Joey still needs a life. Can anyone help Joey with that?

      • valoisvipers - Feb 25, 2014 at 2:20 PM

        Great post Joey!

      • joey4id - Feb 25, 2014 at 2:49 PM

        Hey! valoisvipers, Red Wings at the Bell Centre tomorrow. Hope the fans give Mr. Babcock and Price a very warm welcome. I doubt Price will play….

    • elrock7 - Feb 24, 2014 at 9:22 PM

      By the way Subban is Canadian and therefore someones North American boyfriend… Duh

  5. westof1club - Feb 24, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    How many points did your lover Crosby have in all of the games he played the last 2 weeks? Golden boy held ineffective for most of the tourney, ready to call him a joke?

    • elrock7 - Feb 24, 2014 at 8:46 PM

      Who are you talking to? How did Crosby end up in this? Im not a Crosby or Penguin fan.

      So what if Subban can skate. He can skate but trips over his feet far too often, and is below average DEFENSIVELY! Learn the game westof, doesn’t really sound like you have a clue.

      • bsaures - Feb 24, 2014 at 8:53 PM

        Yes he plays 25 mins a night on one of the best defensive teams in the league because he is terrible defensively. He got picked to the gold medal team with by far the deepest D because hes awful. He is one of the best defenceman in every stats and advance stat because he cant play.

        Maybe you would see he is a elite dman if you weren’t a rascist.

      • westof1club - Feb 24, 2014 at 9:08 PM

        You parrot the same garbage I hear over and over from PHT windbags. If you had anything substantial to validate your argument I’m waiting to hear. Subban and Karlsson are consistent point producers, Subban on a team that needs his contributions. He plays against top lines like any #1 d man. He makes the same mistakes as other d men, but for some reason gets called out incessantly.

      • thehabsnation - Feb 24, 2014 at 11:03 PM

        Wow elrock7 do you even watch the Habs games. Subban is not below average defensiveness that is just a common saying everyone uses because they just don’t want to admit that he can play in all three zones and plays against the other teams best players night in night out and boasts + numbers. Your an absolute joke if you think Subban shouldn’t have won the Norris or shouldn’t have been on team Canada.

      • dueman - Feb 24, 2014 at 11:37 PM

        bsaures – You have now reached a new low…

      • bsaures - Feb 24, 2014 at 11:54 PM

        a new low? Excuse me for questioning a persons racial tolerance when they are hating on a player who has won the trophy for best defenceman, plays more mins than almost any player in the league in all situation including Dzone situations, puts up more points than almost all other dmen in the league and leads his team in scoring without any real evidence when he happens to be one of only a couple black players in the league.

      • jpelle82 - Feb 25, 2014 at 11:22 AM

        we shall see him against crosby again all night on thursday…subban effectively shut him down and irritated the living crap out him last game they played. i think subban has a lot of growing up to do and i’m no fan of his but he’s not that bad defensively in my book.

      • dueman - Feb 25, 2014 at 1:18 PM

        bsaures – He didn’t win the trophy for best defenceman…he won the trophy for best offensive defenceman. Anybody that knows anything about hockey knows that that’s what the Norris Trophy is now, so quit throwing that around like it’s supposed to mean anything about his defensive abilities. Many people aren’t fans of Subban for many reasons. He is not nearly a good defensive defenceman, and he also has melt downs that tend to cost his team, which is why he doesn’t tend to get much ice time at the end of close games where Montreal is in the lead.

        As far as you “questioning a persons racial tolerance” based on the fact that someone doesn’t like Subban, or agree with your point of view? Well that is just plain stupidity on your part! What if Subban were white? What would your answer have been then? People are allowed to disagree with you for many hockey related reasons when it comes to Subban whether you like it or not. If anyone doesn’t like him for his colour, they’re talking about the white, red, and blue that he wears, and not the colour of his skin.

      • bsaures - Feb 25, 2014 at 2:01 PM

        Ever since Bobby Orr the norris has been about the defenceman who played the best combination of offense and defence the trophy has been like that for almost 50 years. Orr, Robinson, Coffey, Bourque, Chelios, Leetch, Blake, Lidstrom, and many others all were high end offensive players who were good defenders just like Subban. There may be a few guys who are a bit better (and not alot) at the pure defending of the game but are nowhere near as good offensively hence as a complete player Subban is better. Your arguement that he doesnt play late in games is false he plays more mins than any other canadiens player in the last 5 mins it was analyzed earlier in the year.

    • joey4id - Feb 24, 2014 at 8:57 PM

      You are a joke, troll and disgrace to this community. Do us all a favor and puck off. 😠

      • elrock7 - Feb 24, 2014 at 9:08 PM

        Why would I be racist of someone from my same race?

      • westof1club - Feb 24, 2014 at 9:11 PM

        Pot, meet the kettle.

    • c9castine - Feb 24, 2014 at 9:05 PM

      held ineffective? clearly you missed the 6 straight wins allowing 3 goals.

      what, you think the first line center and captain had nothing to do with that?

      • elrock7 - Feb 24, 2014 at 9:13 PM

        westof, all you can argue is that he is a consistent point producer?

        I doubt Babcock even wanted him on the team. The fact is he is a liability in his own end, without the puck. If he was half as good as you make him out to be, he would have at least dressed as the 7th Dman.

      • c9castine - Feb 24, 2014 at 9:21 PM

        its not even so much that he can’t play defense as he hasn’t learned to control himself positionally, and stop taking bad penalties at the wrong time and making bad decisions with the puck at the wrong time.

      • westof1club - Feb 24, 2014 at 9:24 PM

        Will you extend the same logic next time I see you post about how lousy Ovechkin is, even though he plays on an AHL equivalent roster? When you and the other blowhards rag on him and give lesser guys like Nash, Heatley, Staal, & countless other highly paid North American underachievers a pass it makes your xenophobia so transparent, yet sickening.

      • c9castine - Feb 25, 2014 at 11:56 AM

        yeah well the capital don’t win 6 straight games giving up 3 goals very often. or never. so. and he doesn’t play on an AHL roster I’m tired of hearing that. there is 2 swedish olympic centers, a former norris trophy winner, an additional olympic defenseman, and a couple good role players like brooks laich and joel ward. stop making his team out like there is 13 AHL call ups or something (the penguins did at one point this year). and i really don’t like the games of nash, healthy, or staal much either.. never gave those guy a “pass”.

      • elrock7 - Feb 24, 2014 at 9:28 PM

        Subban clearly has talent, Right now he is not an elite defender, doesn’t mean he wont be some day. The jury is still out, but he is not there yet.

      • bsaures - Feb 24, 2014 at 9:30 PM

        Elrock where is your proof that he is a liability in his own end? He has some of the best advance stats in the league and plays the 2nd most mins on a team that has the 6th fewest GA/G.

      • elrock7 - Feb 24, 2014 at 10:05 PM

        The main evidence of being a defensive liability, aside from just watching him make careless errors in his own end, is the fact that his own coach doesn’t trust him. He sees very little ice late in games where the Habs are nursing a 1 goal lead.

      • drewsylvania - Feb 24, 2014 at 10:26 PM

        Subban ain’t a good defender. Never has been. He’s great as a PP QB, and probably has the talent to be a good defender, but he isn’t one.

        The best thing you can say about his D is that at least he tries in his own end, unlike Karlsson.

  6. phillyphanatic77 - Feb 24, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    Markov’s importance to the Habs reminds me of a younger Kimmo Timonen to the Flyers… plays all 3 zones, wears the “A”, puts up stats, etc. So if Bergevin doesn’t wanna get locked in a 35+ contract and Markov leaves you know Holmgren would give him 3 years (especially if Kimmo retires). But I see him staying in Montreal.

  7. penvik - Feb 24, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    1. Norris is not 100% legit, they got it right a few times but lately not a chance.
    Even some if Lidstroms wins were questionable. PK is not a Norris caliber D & Erik Karlsson is a forward on defence.

    Weber should be Norris champ. Oh and Crosby was stellar these Olympic Games.

    • therooneyskilledwebster - Feb 25, 2014 at 12:17 AM

      Stellar as in not even the best player on his line ? Toews and Bergeron were the two best forwards on the team.

  8. blomfeld - Feb 25, 2014 at 12:36 AM

    “You see, the French haven’t the nature for war. Their Gallic laziness combines with their Latinate voluptuousness with the result that they would rather eat and make love with their faces than fight” … General Webb

    • blomfeld - Feb 25, 2014 at 1:01 AM

      Except for Victor Dubuisson, who completely ‘rocked’ yesterday at Dove Mountain ! :)

  9. muckleflugga - Feb 25, 2014 at 4:47 AM


    lidstrom’s wins questionable … this coming from a supporter of brooks orpik … the worm

    piss off insect

  10. patshal - Feb 25, 2014 at 6:28 AM

    Great deal by the Canadiens. They’d better not sign Subban. He’s one of the many reasons why Bruins fans like me hate the Canadiens.

  11. penvik - Feb 25, 2014 at 9:55 AM

    I don’t support Orpik, he’s horrible, hope the pens don’t sign him. And yes any trophy that’s voted on is a joke. The Norris trophy is like olympic figure skating, full of conspiracy. Same with the hart trophy, another joke.

  12. Lupy Nazty Philthy - Feb 25, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    Reading some comments above… So annoying how Montreal fans immediately play the race card when people try to (make MLK proud and) talk about Subban’s merits.

    He won the Norris because the Norris is heavily based on points. Sadly this has always been true. We’ve been spoiled as hockey fans for the last 20 years having a guy like Nick Lidstrom around, but before him a lot of Norris trophy winners were point related too.

    As for Subban… He IS a defensive liabilty. Montreal fans are missing one thing about the Olympics. When Canada was struggling offensively adding Subban could have helped but they didn’t. Why? because they thought Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Dan Hamhuis were more reliable defenseman than him. Say what you will about it, but it’s what Babcock, Hitchcock, Julien and Yzerman came up with. I’m sure they know more than any of us.

    Montreal fans just need to accept, Subban won the Norris for his point total…. and it’s kind of sad because most of those points were powerplay points. Defensively he’s just not good enough to be called the best in the league.

    He doesn’t even kill penalties. Which defenseman does a team put out when they have a penalty to kill? Their best defenseman, right? Subban doesn’t kill penalties, he’s not even the best defenseman on his own team, let alone the NHL.

    • bsaures - Feb 25, 2014 at 4:50 PM

      That logic is completely flawed. Doughty, Vlasic, Keith are not leader among d on their team for the PK either . Weber plays less on the PK than Paul Gaustad. Ryan Suter doesnt lead his team either.

      By your logic the best dmen in the league would be John Carlson, Braydon Coubourn, Andy Greene, Carl Alzner, and Kimmo Timonen.

      With this logic Montreal should be able to trade Gorges for any of the Canadian Olympic dmen + a 1st rounder because he plays more PK mins than any of them.

      • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Feb 25, 2014 at 4:51 PM

        You completely missed the point.

      • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Feb 25, 2014 at 4:52 PM

        Nice hyperbole though.

      • bsaures - Feb 25, 2014 at 5:05 PM

        You completely missed in you assessment of Subban. Just because he isnt on the first PK unit doesnt make him bad defensively. Montreal simply has many good options when it comes to the PK that it makes way more strategic sense to use your best offensive/ two way dman in 5 on 5 and PP especially when many of the other d struggle in that facet of the game.

        He already plays 25 mins a night if they put him on the first PK unit as well he would be closer to 27 mins which is too many mins to effectively play for a dman especially considering he faces top opponents during most of it. You would have to lower his offensive opportunities and give them to guys like Murray which would lower the already low offense the habs have

        Chicago does the exact same thing with Keith and Seabrook. Neither are on the first PK unit they give those duties to Hmjarlsson and Oduya because they can handle them and KEith and Seabrook are better used in other facets.

    • brettzky18 - Feb 25, 2014 at 10:55 PM

      I’m assuming you’re not a Habs fan which means you don’t watch very many Habs games. That being said to accuse someone of being a “defensive liability” is simply a joke if you don’t watch him play on a regular basis. Subban didn’t play much in the Olympics because he’s a right handed shot. Canada had Weber, Doughty and Pietrangelo who are all righty’s. Weber and Keith, Vlasic and Doughty, Bouwmeester and Pietrangelo. PK could have played on the left side with Doughty however that is not his natural side. The risk is too large to try and move any dman to their unnatural side in the Olympics. Don’t hate him just because he plays for Montreal and has an outspoken personality.

  13. themagicman1223 - Feb 25, 2014 at 4:51 PM

    Subban is a very good defenseman defensively, people who say otherwise have no clue what they’re talking about. Subban is one of the best two-way defenseman in the entire league, he has a tendency to make a few braindead plays with the puck on his stick from time to time but that has nothing to do with defense as defense is something you measure when you don’t have the puck. It’s pretty obvious people here who say he’s a liability don’t watch him play often or/and have no idea how to analyze defensive aptitude. If Subban really was a liability in his own end he wouldn’t be one of the best d-man year after year in advanced defensive statistics.

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