Andrei Markov doesn't know when he'll return to the Montreal Canadiens' lineup. He just hopes that day comes before the end of the season.
Markov moved a step closer to that when he joined his teammates for Friday's morning skate in Washington and Saturday's practice in Sunrise, Fla. after arthroscopic knee surgery back on Dec. 5. He sported a non-contact jersey both times.
"It's been a long time since I've practiced with the team so I feel good. I'm happy to be back with the team," he told reporters. "I can't tell you exactly the time or the date (I'll be back), but I'm trying to push hard and feel better every day."
It's the natural progression in his rehab, forced to reboot after he underwent arthroscopic knee surgery. At that time, Markov appeared to be on the verge of a return. He had joined the team on their California trip and practiced with them in Anaheim. When the Canadiens moved on to San Jose following their game against the Ducks, confusion reigned.
Markov wasn't on...