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Another surgery for Andrei Markov

Posted on: December 3, 2011 2:52 pm
Edited on: December 3, 2011 2:54 pm
 
By: Adam Gretz

Andrei Markov's return to the Montreal Canadiens lineup is being delayed once again, as it was announced by general manager Pierre Gauthier on Saturday that the defenseman will undergo another "minor surgery." He is expected to miss "a few more weeks."

Markov hasn't played for the Canadiens this season and hasn't appeared in a game since mid-november ... of 2010. Since the start of the 2009-10 season he's been in Montreal's lineup just 52 times due to various injuries, including the knee injury that's kept him on the shelf for the first two months of this season.

Even with all of the injury problems in recent years the Canadiens had faith that he would be able to help them not only this season, but also in future seasons, signing him to a three-year contract extension over the summer worth $5.75 million per season. Needless to say, it hasn't worked out to this point. And that has been the theme of the Canadiens 2011-12 season, especially on the blue line, as their defense has been crushed by injuries all year.

Along with Markov, the team has also been without Jaroslav Spacek, Hal Gill and Chris Campoli for extended periods of time, and it's obviously had a rather large impact on the on-ice product. Montreal enters play on Saturday at the bottom of the Northeast Division with a 10-11-5 record, while also winning just three of its past 10 games.

Its power play, which is quarterbacked by Markov when he is in the lineup, is currently 26th in the NHL converting on just 11.8 of its chances.

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kooplink
Since: Dec 4, 2011
Posted on: December 4, 2011 3:08 pm
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Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: December 3, 2011 8:55 pm
 

Another surgery for Andrei Markov

What a joke, he may as well hang em up. It won't take much to knock him out again anyway, when he does return.



Since: Dec 2, 2006
Posted on: December 3, 2011 6:47 pm
 

Another surgery for Andrei Markov

All those fantasy players who raced to claim Markovx can now drop him again!


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