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The Upper Canadien is back at 100% and off the IR. The Habs, however, are not. As everyone now knows, Andrei Markov’s knee is close to ready, so GM Pierre Gauthier said yesterday - and that, logically, is why he’s having surgery in the next few days. Right. Oh, and he’ll be out for 3 weeks “or so.” The dreaded or so. My bet? Markov isn’t back until January, and that’s optimistic thinking.
Scott Gomez is still on the shelf, resting multiple muscle injuries and a goalless season. One in which he himself said he needed to step up and deliver. Gomez makes over 7 million dollars, Markov almost 6. That’s close to 20% of their salary cap room right there. Not to mention Jaro Spacek and Ryan White on the sidelines, and various players like Brian Gionta and Mike Cammalleri who look like they’re playing hurt. Bottom line, almost a quarter of their salary cap allocation has been virtually invisible since training camp. What does that tell us?
Well, it explains a few things.
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Montreal Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov's long-awaited return will have to wait even longer.
Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier said Markov will need to undergo another surgical procedure on his troubled knee. He is expected to be sidelined for three to five weeks.
Markov appeared ready to return to the lineup when he accompanied the team on its current road trip...
from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,It isn’t because he owes something to his teammates, who have kept the Canadiens close to a playoff spot in his absence. Nobody will admit Markov’s absence has been a distraction, but it has to be in the back of everyone’s mind that - while a healthy Markov won’t cure all the Canadiens’ ills - the defence will be better and so will...
The way the Canadiens handled the Andrei Markov situation was laughable, if not completely embarrassing given the organizational standard they've always achieved and maintained throughout their rich history.
Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette had a very eloquent summary of the whole situation--which is more than you'll be able to say about this blog.
The team had every...
Montreal Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on Monday to remove debris in his right knee.
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Andrei Markov's much-anticipated return to the Montreal Canadiens has been delayed yet again.
Montreal Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery.
MONTREAL -- Montreal Canadiens General Manager Pierre Gauthier issued Monday a medical update on the status of de...
via Renaud Levoie of RDS (translated), Here he is now assured he will not play in December, because it will have an operation on his right knee.
He will undergo minor arthroscopic surgery to clean debris in his knee.
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