Montreal Canadiens long time star defenseman Andrei Markov, will have to wait a little longer before he makes his return to the ice. Markov only played in 7 games in the 2010/11, a season that was his 10 of his career.
Markov will have to wait approximately another three to six weeks after his “minor” arthroscopic knee surgery, which will take place in the next day or two. Markov return is estimated at three to six weeks because it depends on the extent of Markov’s injured knee.
General Manager of the Montreal Canadiens Pierre Gauthier said that, “I know this is disappointing for us, disappointing for Mr. Markov and for the fans, but there is, in the middle of this, quite a bit of good news because the structure of the knee is intact and has been tested. The new ligament is very strong. The strength in the leg is excellent, almost caught up to the other leg. Mr. Markov is in great shape and those who saw him in practice can testify to that.”
The Canadiens are definitely missing the presence of Markov on the power play as they currently sit in 26th in power play percentage at 12.2%.
Even at age 31 Markov should have no problem producing in the NHL. His 2008/09 was the best of his career when registered 12 goals and 64 points.
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