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Markov signs three-year, $17.25 million deal with Montreal

Jun 23, 2014, 2:11 PM EDT

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One of the top offensive defensemen has been scratched off the list of potential unrestricted free agents. The Montreal Canadiens have announced that they inked Andrei Markov to a three-year contract. The financial terms were not disclosed, but he will reportedly earn $17.25 million over the length of the deal, according to TVA Sports’ Renaud Lavoie.

If that’s the case, then Markov’s new contract is identical to the one he just completed. He will turn 36 in December, so his age is increasingly becoming a factor, but he’s coming off of a season where he scored seven goals and 43 points in 81 games. That includes 21 points with the man advantage, which put him in a tie for 11th place among defensemen.

Markov has also been a workhorse for the Canadiens for years and was one of just 11 players to average 25 or more minutes in 2013-14.

With Markov signed, the Canadiens now have roughly $51.4 million in cap space committed to 18 players, per Cap Geek. That leaves them with plenty of space to re-sign restricted free agent P.K. Subban, who is likely to command a lucrative deal after winning the Norris Trophy in 2013 and recording 53 points last season.

  1. bojangles83 - Jun 23, 2014 at 2:49 PM

    I really hope there is an option of some sort in year 3.

  2. spezzdispenser - Jun 23, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    it’s too much, but if Montreal hadn’t given it to him someone else would’ve

  3. beergold - Jun 23, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    Smart signing!

  4. cjnbsc - Jun 23, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    $&@!? Seriously? I was ok with the near 6 mil figure but one year. Two max. Three is ridiculous. Andrei I great on the pp, but has lost a step and a half and is killed by speed. Year three will hurt. Bad. Especially an over 35 deal.

  5. tonys4 - Jun 23, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    With the thin UFA D market I guess habs felt the third year was necessary.
    Definitely 1 year too much, especially at that price and over 35.
    Could be worst, he’s still a top 4 D in the NHL, maybe falling into top 6 his 3rd year.

    • bronco1991 - Jun 23, 2014 at 5:31 PM

      You must have been dropped on your head as a baby. He’ll be lucky to skate faster than a goalie by the end of his contract. Habs are throwing there money away

      • kaptaanamerica - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:55 PM

        if anyone was dropped on their head it was you bronco. tonys right about year 1 and 2 working out. year 3 is the question mark and maybe they trade him at the deadline or something that year to get something for him. the guy has great hockey sense, just might not be there physically. He’ll still be a top 6 dman at that time, just not a top 4.

  6. thesportsjudge - Jun 23, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    Can’t imagine what the Subban contract will look like. Markov didn’t take a pay cut AND he got 3 years. Good for the player, I guess. I wonder how free agents will view Bergevin?

  7. sabatimus - Jun 23, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    Wow. This one is going to bite the Habs right in their rear ends.

  8. drewsylvania - Jun 23, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    We’ll see if Markov’s healthy for even one of those seasons.

    • charlie24zz - Jun 24, 2014 at 6:50 PM

      He’s been the team’s ironman the past 2 seasons…He played a full half season (48 games) in 2012-2013 and 81 games this season. You can speculate about his speed, but his health is not a question anymore.

      You shouldn’t comment if you don’t know what you’re talking about Drew

  9. desertfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 6:37 PM

    PK= 5X $9

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