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Markov’s agent reaches out to Montreal

july 18, 2019
Blogger and sports radio contributor Andrew Zadarnowski says Andrei Markov’s agent has reached out to the Montreal Canadiens about a possible return to the team. He tweeted today that the agent spoke to the Habs’ main scout and asked that they pay attention to the defenseman, at least “out of respect for him.”



Markov played just 10 games shy of 1000 for the Canadiens, the only NHL team he’s ever played for and the one that drafted him back in 1998. His departure from Montreal was low-key, despite his loyalty to the team. It was announced in June of 2017 that he would not be re-signing with the Habs for the upcoming season. Two days later, he signed a contract with the KHL's Ak Bars Kazan.

According to Zadarnowski, Markov wants a $2 million, one-year contract to return to North America.



That said, he also states there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of interest from Montreal, or any other NHL team for that matter.

Markov had a great first season in the KHL, putting up 33 points in 55 games. Ak Bars Kazan would go on the win the league title. However, he showed major signs of slowing down last season, posting just 14 points in 49 games. He could sign a professional try out contract with any NHL team, but there’s no indication that’s what he wants. It remains to be seen whether the Habs or anyone else will take a chance on the defenseman, who turns 41-years-old before the end of 2019. In his 990 games with Montreal, Markov posted 119 goals, and 572 points.

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NHL LEADERS
POINTS GP PTS
LEON DRAISAITL 31 53
CONNOR MCDAVID 31 52
NATHAN MACKINNON 28 44
BRAD MARCHAND 29 44
DAVID PASTRNAK 29 43
JOHN CARLSON 31 43
JACK EICHEL 29 39
PATRICK KANE 29 35
ARTEMI PANARIN 28 34
JONATHAN HUBERDEAU 27 33
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
GOALS GP G
DAVID PASTRNAK 29 25
ALEXANDER OVECHKIN 31 20
CONNOR MCDAVID 31 19
LEON DRAISAITL 31 19
NATHAN MACKINNON 28 18
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
ASSISTS GP A
LEON DRAISAITL 31 34
CONNOR MCDAVID 31 33
JOHN CARLSON 31 32
NATHAN MACKINNON 28 26
BRAD MARCHAND 29 26
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
DEFENSEMEN GP PTS
JOHN CARLSON 31 43
CALE MAKAR 28 28
DOUGIE HAMILTON 29 28
VICTOR HEDMAN 24 24
ROMAN JOSI 27 24
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
ROOKIES GP PTS
CALE MAKAR 28 28
VICTOR OLOFSSON 29 24
QUINN HUGHES 28 23
ILYA MIKHEYEV 30 17
MARTIN NECAS 26 16
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
WINS GP W
BRADEN HOLTBY 22 15
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK 23 14
TUUKKA RASK 18 13
JORDAN BINNINGTON 22 13
FREDERIK ANDERSEN 23 13
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
SHUTOUTS GP SO
PEKKA RINNE 16 3
JAROSLAV HALAK 11 2
TRISTAN JARRY 11 2
CARTER HUTTON 14 2
TUUKKA RASK 18 2
COMPLETE STANDINGS  

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