July 7, 2018 | 9:45am ET
MARKOV INTERESTED IN RETURN TO MONTREAL
Andrei Markov, defenceman
The Montreal Canadiens were dealt a huge blow recently when star defenceman Shea Weber underwent knee surgery and will be out until mid-December, at the earliest.
With limited options available in the free agent market, the Canadiens may look to an old friend to suit up for them this coming season.
Veteran defenceman Andrei Markov, who spent last season in the KHL, has expressed interest in returning to the Canadiens this coming season, a source with knowledge of the situation told TFP on Friday.
TFP Editor-in-Chief David Pagnotta reported the news via Twitter, adding that Markov even informed the Canadiens last summer that he would be willing to take a one-year contract, instead of the two-year deal that was publicly reported.
At the time, the two sides disagreed on a dollar amount and the Habs informed Markov that they would not continue to pursue a contract with him.
At the start of negotiations last summer, Markov was willing to agree to a 1-year term. Wanted 2, willing to take 1. Main issue, I'm told, is that he was spoken to "disrespectfully" by GM & talks broke. Markov is again willing to take a 1-year deal now. Will MTL agree? We'll see. https://t.co/389z3ujOhf— David Pagnotta (@TheFourthPeriod) July 6, 2018
Markov, in late-November, reached back out to the Canadiens and GM Marc Bergevin about returning after expressed, at the time, that he was “very unhappy” in the KHL, the source told TFP, but the Habs told him they would not pursue a deal – had they reached an agreement and Markov’s KHL contract would have been terminated, he would have had to clear waivers to return to the NHL.
It’s unclear if the Canadiens are interested in having Markov return for the 2018-19 season, but talks may gain steam this week.
Markov, 39, registered five goals and 28 assists for 33 points in 55 games with Ak-Bars Kazan of the KHL this past season.
In 990 career NHL regular-season games, all with Montreal, Markov has collected 119 goals and 453 assists for 572 points.