Andrei Markov Not Returning To Canadiens

Vincent De Villiers
Julho 27, 2017

Andrei Markov will not be back with the Canadiens for the 2017-18 season.

Markov ranked third among Canadiens defencemen with 21:50 of time on ice per game last season. It is not clear what his plans are moving forward, though he will likely address that topic in a conference call with reporters Thursday afternoon. But it appears to be an amicable split with Montreal.

That ended his tenure with Montreal just shy of 1,000 games and a few years short of two full decades, but his National Hockey League career doesn't seem to be over quite yet.

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After the Canadiens were bounced from the playoffs in April, Markov said he wanted to stay in Montreal. "I would like to wish Andrei the best of luck in the next step of his career, and happiness with his family". He now sits sixth all-time among Canadiens skaters in games played, and he's tied for second all-time in points among Montreal defensemen with Guy Lapointe.

The blueliner was drafted in the sixth round, 162nd overall by Montreal in 1998 and became a Canadian citizen in July 2010.

The Canadiens signalled Markov's departure this week with the signing of 39-year-old free agent defenceman Mark Streit. It is not known if the two sides couldn't agree on money or the length of a new deal, or both.

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