September 9, 2019 | 1:35pm ET
HABS NOT AN OPTION FOR MAROV
Andrei Markov, defenceman
Andrei Markov is serious about returning to the NHL this season, as he’s hoping to play in what appears to be his final professional season in the NHL, but he won’t be lacing up his skates with the Montreal Canadiens.
Markov, 40, played 990 career NHL regular-season games with the Habs over his career, but Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin told reporters on Monday the team isn’t interested in signing him
“We have some young kids pushing and as far as where Andrei was two years ago, where our team was two years ago, things have changed,” Bergevin told NHL.com at the Canadiens annual charity golf tournament. “And now we’re going, you know I call it a reset, refresh, and we did that, and now we’re going to keep in that direction.”
Markov, who has been training in Florida, skated in 49 games with Kazan of the KHL last season, registered two goals and 12 assists for 14 points. He’s looking for a one-year deal this season, somewhere.
“Two years ago, [Markov’s] contract was due, we made an offer,” Bergevin told RDS. “Efforts were made to sign it and he chose another direction that was the KHL. It was two years ago.
“Since that time things have changed. The player has aged. The organization has changed direction. We have a lot of young people growing up ... we really want to give our young people a chance.”