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Will the Habs re-sign Markov?

May 30, 2014, 2:07 PM EDT

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PK Subban is going to get paid. That much we know. It may not be the smoothest negotiation for the 25-year-old restricted free agent — it sure wasn’t last time — but it’s hard to imagine the Montreal Canadiens and their star defenseman not getting a long-term deal hammered out eventually. If they don’t, well, you’ll hear all about it on PHT. That’s a promise.

Andrei Markov is a different story. The 35-year-old is a pending unrestricted free agent, coming off a three-year, $17.25 million contract. He had a big role with the Habs this season, leading the club in average ice time (25:14), with 43 points to boot.

But how much is he worth to the Canadiens going forward? Is it as much as he could get on the open market? How badly does he want to remain in Montreal? How many years does he want? Would two years for $10 million get it done? Three years for $12 million?

We’ll find out soon enough. But if they don’t get something done, all those minutes he logged will have to be split up somehow.

The Canadiens do have a few young defensemen waiting in the wings, like Jarred Tinordi, Nathan Beaulieu, and Greg Pateryn. Plus, Josh Gorges and Alexei Emelin are each signed through 2017-18. And Montreal could always add another d-man in free agency or in a trade.

Still, losing Markov would present a challenge, not to mention mark the end of an era. The Russian native has never played for another NHL team, suiting up for 765 games in a Habs uniform, plus 71 more in the playoffs.

  1. pepper2011 - May 30, 2014 at 2:29 PM


    The Pacioretty dive gif is awesome.

    Didn’t see the replay of that or hear Pierre mention it… wonder why?

    • rpiotr01 - May 30, 2014 at 2:48 PM

      One has to wonder how much practice time is devoted to diving and embellishment. That was some full elevation right there.

  2. pepper2011 - May 30, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    No Blogs on the Candiens Diving antics either.

    How come Brough?

    I’m betting if a Bruin did it; there would be one…

    • Jason Brough - May 30, 2014 at 2:52 PM

      Yes, all those posts I’ve written accusing the Bruins of diving. Like…ummm…hmmm…well, you’ll have to find them for me.

      • pepper2011 - May 30, 2014 at 3:15 PM

        That’s cause they don’t dive!

        Point is; if a Bruin does something to disrespect the game; you are very quick to point it out. Marchand Clipping, Lucic berry shots, Etc… I have no problem with that, but the fact that when a Canadiens player does something questionable there is never anything written.

        It’s just the hypocrisy of it all.
        “No fine or suspension for little clipper Marchand”
        Where is the “No penalties or fines for the diving Canadiens” blog.

        Did you watch this series? not one mention of the garbage they were doing?

        That’s all.

      • Jason Brough - May 30, 2014 at 4:29 PM

        Never anything written?

      • mcphillthy - May 30, 2014 at 5:46 PM

        Even if he doesn’t like the Bruins… Who cares?!
        He is allowed to have favorites and not like other teams. He’s a fan, just like the rest of us.
        Is this what Bruins fans do when they get eliminated? They go after bloggers?
        Aww wah! This blogger said my team dives…Well he’s right. They do. And they are dirty players. But if the NHL is going to continue to let teams get away with something then why stop, right?

      • pepper2011 - May 30, 2014 at 6:33 PM

        I didn’t realize you worked under an pen name do O’Brien

        This blogger didn’t say my team dives. It seems reading compression passed you by.
        Also – I wouldn’t say I was going after him. He was under no obligation to engage me in the conversation/comment. As he is a professional writer; if me asking him why he covers every bad thing the B’s do whilst ignoring the Canadiens short comings is considered “coming after him”, I would think he wouldn’t be employed for very long as controversy, or writing that isn’t agreeable to everyone gets hits, and hits keep you employed.

    • thesportsjudge - May 30, 2014 at 4:45 PM

      O’Brien is the notorious Bruin hater.

  3. bwayblueshirt - May 30, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    They should re-sign him. Lack of Defensive Depth cost them the series. Also, I’m a sucker for guys who play for only one team.

    • joey4id - May 30, 2014 at 3:00 PM

      Yeah! Right! He was on the ice for the only goal of the game last night and blew his coverage in the corner. And he gave the puck away twice in the d-zone when St. Louis scored the OT winner.

  4. dolphincult - May 30, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    2 years maxed. reduced minutes. but u gotta pay em or go after orpik

  5. smarshall3789 - May 30, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    Markov is at that age where he has to realize it’s a year to year basis if he wants to stay there. He should stay though I mean he’s a solid defenseman who can log the minutes when needed. He’s been there his whole career and just came off a conference championship appearance why mess with the chemistry!

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