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March 11, 2014 | 1:12pm ET
Habs hope to keep Markov

The Montreal Canadiens want to keep star defenseman Andrei Markov beyond this season, as the two sides continue to negotiate an extension.

Markov, 35, is set to become an unrestricted free agent July 1, though the Habs are trying to keep him in Montreal colors.

The Habs initially offered a one-year extension, but have since upped that to two years, worth around the same $5.75 million, annually, he's earning this season.

It is believed that Markov and his agent, former NHLer Sergei Berezin, are pushing for a three or four year contract.

The Ottawa Senators signed veteran defenseman Chris Phillips to a two-year, $5 million contract extension last week.

Negotiations are expected to continue, though the Canadiens appear firm in their two-year offer.

In 66 games with the Habs so far this season, Markov has generated six goals and 32 assists for 38 points, and a plus-6 rating.

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