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Report: Markov wants three years, $18 million from Habs

Jun 16, 2014, 10:12 AM EDT

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Andrei Markov has been a staple of the Montreal Canadiens lineup for 13 seasons and now he’s looking for a raise.

According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the 35-year-old defenseman is seeking a three-year deal from the Habs worth $18 million.

Markov is coming off a three-year deal that paid him $17.25 million but there’s a big difference between that deal and what he’s seeking now — age.

At 35 years old, the rules change when it comes to contracts meaning the Habs would be stuck with Markov’s cap hit whether he’s playing or he’s retired. With the history of injuries he has had in recent years, it’s understandable why the Habs would be hesitant to give him three years.

This season, Markov had seven goals and 43 points in 81 games. His points per-game pace of 0.53 was below his career average (0.58) and his lowest in a full season since 2003-04. Buyer beware.

  1. cjnbsc - Jun 16, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    No. It’s time for him to start taking 1 year deals or go. He’s too slow. His d is shoddy. His injuries have been bad ones

    • packerswin96 - Jun 16, 2014 at 10:37 AM

      His d is shoddy? He is no Shea Weber, but he is far from shoddy.

  2. cjnbsc - Jun 16, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    That said. I’d give him his 6 mil for one.

  3. packerswin96 - Jun 16, 2014 at 10:36 AM

    I want Markov back in a Hab’s jersey, but that is too long and too much at his age. 2 years for $10/11 million is good for me.

  4. montrealknowledge - Jun 16, 2014 at 10:45 AM

    Still real good, but no way he is getting 3 years. Hopefully his agent is starting high to allow some negotiation, no way the offer 3 years. HABS ain’t winning in next 3 years, we have kids on the farm and maybe you can put anybody in front of Price and he will stop the puck.

  5. bcsteele - Jun 16, 2014 at 10:51 AM

    2 years / 11 m / with limited NTC sounds about fair to me

  6. cweez2 - Jun 16, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    Two years for that maybe. 3’s too long for that money, especially when they gotta pay Subban and try to find some help at center.

  7. tapefolie - Jun 16, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    They don’t have to pay Subban…..the Coyotes will gladly take him off your hands 😉

  8. phillyphanatic77 - Jun 16, 2014 at 11:25 AM

    If he reaches free agency he may just get his wish. The crop of available defenders is thin, to say the least.

  9. 19to77 - Jun 16, 2014 at 11:25 AM

    One year at that number, maybe. Three? With his age and injury history? Not a chance. That’s a mistake the KHL can feel free to make if they want, but the Habs have no reason to throw money at Markov coming off a fairly average year and with Beaulieu and Tinordi ready to go. The Habs have a lot of aging veterans hitting UFA status this year, and honestly, most of them shouldn’t be coming back. Murray, Boullion and Vanek should all be let go. Gionta needs a huge pay cut from the $5m he was making. It’s been a long time since he was worth that much. And Markov too – he may have been worth $6m a year in his prime, but not now.

    • garn53 - Jun 17, 2014 at 12:17 PM

      Package them all into one bundle and trade them to anyone who might want them in exchange for one useful utility player or a reasonable pick of value. Let another team deal with the swollen egos

  10. cjnbsc - Jun 16, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    Packerswin96 – yes. His D is shoddy. His skating ability has really been degraded. He gets beat badly to the outside far too often. Furthermore he is more prone to mistakes and misreads the last two years in his own end. Defensively he us almost a liability at this point. Especially in transition.

    • bsaures - Jun 16, 2014 at 3:21 PM

      Lol you must be joking he was second in ice time on a team that made it to the conference finals. He made very few mistakes all playoffs and played with a edge. He was trusted to play in all situations and did the job very well. This guy can still easily play in any top 4 in the league and be a top 2 guy on many teams

  11. rupp246 - Jun 16, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    Never going to get 3 years.

  12. skoivu10 - Jun 16, 2014 at 6:39 PM

    I guarantee you that any team that gives Markov 3 years will be buying him out next season or the season after.

  13. winnipegwonder - Jun 16, 2014 at 11:57 PM

    Yeah I’d like to see a 3 year deal worth 4-5 mil

  14. garn53 - Jun 17, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    NOT worth it. Pack your bags and get your a** out of town or come down to earth and play nice with the other children. The Habs have a fair amount of D talent in the pipeline – they do not need some has been (with talent) dictating to them.

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