Markov will call it a career having spent the past three seasons playing in the KHL, Igor Eronko of Sport-Express reports.
Prior to his return to Russia, Markov spent 16 years playing in the NHL for the Canadiens. In 990 NHL contests, the blueliner racked up 119 goals and 453 helpers, including 294 power-play points. The Russian added another 89 playoff games to his resume but was never able to lift Lord Stanley's cup.
Markov has signed a one-year deal with Lokomotiv Yaroslav of the KHL, reports the Montreal Gazette.
The 40-year-old defender had hoped to catch on with an NHL squad, but there weren't really any bites. Markov has spent the last two seasons in KHL with Kazan Ak-Bars and put up 14 points (12 assists) in 49 games last season. He played in the NHL for 16 seasons, all with Montreal, and put up 119 goals, 453 assists and 572 points in 990 games.
Markov is training in Florida in the hope of securing an NHL contract, according to his agent Allan Walsh.
Markov spent the last two years playing in the KHL for Kazan Ak-Bars, in which he notched seven goals and 40 assists in 104 contests. Prior to his return to Russia, the veteran blueliner played 16 years in the NHL, all for the Habs, and made 990 appearances. While it seems like a longshot the 40-year-old will land a contract right out of the gate, it wouldn't be a shock to see him sign a professional tryout for training camp.
Markov agreed on a two-year deal with AK Bars Kazan of the KHL, Sportsnet reports.
Markov is said to have chosen that club due to his history with head coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov. Fantasy owners can safely cut bait on Markov in all formats since we hadn't heard of him being linked to any team other than the Habs before he ultimately settled on the KHL deal.
Markov will return to his native Russia and join the KHL for the upcoming 2017-18 campaign.
Markov told reporters he couldn't imagine playing for any NHL team other than the Canadiens. No doubt the chance of suiting up at the 2018 Winter Olympics -- something he wouldn't be able to do as an NHL player -- factored into the decision as well. After 16 seasons spent only with the Habs, this will likely end the blueliner's NHL career at 990 games, in which he tallied 119 goals, 453 helpers and 505 PIM.
Markov, who has spent 16 years of service time exclusively with the Canadiens, officially will not return to the club for the 2017-18 season.
The writing was on the wall that Markov would end up walking as an unrestricted free agent once Habs GM Marc Bergevin elected to expose the veteran to the Golden Knights for the expansion draft, and the big boss also courted the likes of Karl Alzner, David Schlemko and Mark Streit in free agency. Assuming that Markov wants to continue his NHL career, he shouldn't have trouble finding a new employer if the asking price is reasonable. He's manufactured 572 points (119 goals, 453 assists) over 990 career contests, and he still averaged 21:50 of ice time last season despite turning 38 years old in December.
Markov, a pending unrestricted free agent, is likely to move on from the Canadiens, Eric Engels of Sportsnet reports.
The 38-year-old Russian averaged just over 40 points with the Habs over the past five seasons, living up to the expression that age is just a number. Still, it's strange to think that he could be moving on after spending all 17 years of his NHL career in Montreal. Markov averaged 21:50 of ice time in 2016-17, so expect him to remain productive as long as his body can handle the rigors of a full season.
Markov was made available by the Canadiens for Wednesday's expansion draft, TSN reports.
Markov just finished his 16th NHL season with the Canadiens and posted 36 points in 62 games. It was the first time since 2012-13 that the 38-year-old Markov did not appear in at least 80 games, as he missed a stretch in December and January with a lower-body injury. Markov is set to be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, so if he goes unselected by the Golden Knights, he'll be on the open market to sign a new deal with the team of his choice.
Markov won't be playing in the World Championship in Europe next month, Eric Engels of Sportsnet reports.
The blueliner had a solid 36 points in 62 games, missing a stretch in late December and early January with a lower-body injury that impacted his total numbers. Despite being 38, he doesn't seem like he's in decline quite yet.
Markov will not be in the lineup Saturday versus host Detroit, TSN's John Lu reports.
None of Markov, Max Pacioretty, Alexander Raduluov or Carey Price traveled to the Motor City for what would be a rather meaningless contest with the Habs already guaranteed a spot in the playoffs. Markov finishes the regular-season campaign with 36 points (six goals, 30 assists) in 62 games, which is a modest decline in production compared to last year.
Markov scored two goals, including one on the power play, and added a power-play assist in a 3-1 win over the Senators on Saturday.
Interestingly enough, Markov's last three-point game was also against the Sens back on Nov. 22. He has eight points (two goals, six assists) in his last 10 games and sits at 35 points on the season. Ride Markov right now -- he can help you achieve your fantasy goal this season.
Markov scored his team's only goal in a 3-1 loss to the Jets on Saturday.
The 38-year-old only has four goals this season, but two of his scores have come within the past four contests. Despite not much scoring, Markov is a halfway decent fantasy option. He is averaging 0.625 points and 1.45 shots per game. Furthermore, he has a plus-6 rating and 10 of his 25 points have come on special teams. Markov doesn't excel in any fantasy area, but he also has no strong weaknesses.
Markov will head to Russia next week to bring his twin sons to Montreal following the tragic passing of their mother in December, the Montreal Gazette reports.
Markov's ex-partner reportedly passed away from ovarian cancer shortly before Christmas. The veteran defenseman plans to travel to his home country once the Habs start their bye following this Sunday's road game against the Bruins.
Markov had one blocked shot and two hits over 21:27 of ice time in Sunday's 1-0 shootout loss to Edmonton.
The ice time was Markov's most since returning from an 18-game absence; it was also the back end of his first back-to-back set. The 37-year-old defenseman averages 21:34, so it looks like he's back to normal.
Markov returned to action Tuesday after missing 19 games due to a groin injury. He finished with an assist, a blocked shot and a plus-2 rating over 17:43 of ice time in a 5-3 win over Buffalo.
That ice time is four minutes short of his season average, but that's to be expected for a 38-year-old returning from injury. No matter the playing time, with 22 points in 32 games, Markov is an offensive threat from the blue line. That was evidenced by his offensive-zone spacing and deft setup of Paul Byron in the second period. The Russian defender was also part of the No. 2 power-play unit.
Markov (lower body) has been cleared to play in Tuesday's outing against the Sabres, Eric Engels of Sportsnet reports.
Markov, who has been out of the lineup since Dec. 17, may have struggled to score goals prior to getting injured -- zero markers in 15 contests -- but he did manage to compile 10 helpers, a plus-7 rating and 21 shots over that stretch. Not exactly a scorer, the blueliner has managed to hit the 40-point mark in each of the last three seasons due primarily to racking up assists, and he could certainly reach that threshold again this time around. The Canadiens have just 21 players on the active roster, so they won't need to make any additional moves when taking Markov off IR.
Markov (lower body) will be a game-time decision for Tuesday's contest against the Sabres, Eric Engels of Sportsnet reports.
Markov has been sidelined since mid-December due to the lower-body issue, but appears nearly ready for a return to the lineup. Another update on the blueliner's status should arrive on gameday. Should he return, the veteran will provide a boost on both ends of the ice for the Canadiens as they begin the second half pacing the Atlantic Division.
Markov is considered week-to-week with his lower-body injury, Arpon Basu of LNH.com reports.
The Habs reportedly pumped the brakes on Markov's return to skating because he's not showing much improvement. Unfortunately for his fantasy owners, the team is unsure when the playmaking defenseman will return to game ice; he's missed the past 15 games and remains on injured reserve.
Markov (lower body) remains out Wednesday against the Penguins, John Lu of TSN Montreal Bureau reports.
Markov will miss a 15th consecutive game as he continues to battle lingering symptoms of a lower-body injury sustained in a game Dec. 17 against the Capitals. The Habs have missed his production as they've gone 7-5-2 since he went down following a 20-7-4 start to the season. The 38-year-old blueliner, who picked up 17 points (2G, 17A) in the last 20 games prior to hitting the shelf, remains without a definite timetable to return.
Markov (lower body) did not participate in Sunday's practice, Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette reports.
Markov has missed 13 games while dealing with a groin injury and is not expected to suit up for Monday afternoon's affair in Detroit.
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