Andrei Markov
D FA
4 months ago

Markov agreed on a two-year deal with AK Bars Kazan of the KHL, Sportsnet reports.

EDGE Analysis

Markov is said to have chosen that club due to his history with head coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov. Fantasy owners can safely cut bait on Markov in all formats since we hadn't heard of him being linked to any team other than the Habs before he ultimately settled on the KHL deal.

Andrei Markov
D FA
4 months ago

Markov will return to his native Russia and join the KHL for the upcoming 2017-18 campaign.

EDGE Analysis

Markov told reporters he couldn't imagine playing for another NHL team. No doubt the chance of suiting up at the 2018 Winter Olympics -- something he wouldn't be able to do in the NHL -- factored into the decision as well. After 16 seasons with the Habs, this likely will end the blueliner's NHL career with 990 games in which he tallied 119 goals, 453 helpers and 505 PIM.

Andrei Markov
D FA
4 months ago

Markov, who has spent 16 years of service time exclusively with the Canadiens, officially will not return with the club for the 2017-18 season.

EDGE Analysis

The writing was on the wall that Markov would end up walking as an unrestricted free agent once Habs GM Marc Bergevin elected to expose the veteran to the Golden Knights for the expansion draft, and the big boss also courted the likes of Karl Alzner, David Schlemko and Mark Streit in free agency. Assuming that Markov wants to continue his NHL career, he shouldn't have trouble finding a new employer if the asking price is reasonable. He's manufactured 572 points (119 goals, 453 assists) over 990 career contests, and he still averaged 21:50 of ice time last season despite turning 38 years old in December.

Andrei Markov
D FA
5 months ago

Markov, a pending unrestricted free agent, is likely to move on from the Canadiens, Eric Engels of Sportsnet reports.

EDGE Analysis

The 38-year-old Russian averaged just over 40 points with the Habs over the past five seasons, living up to the expression that age is just a number. Still, it's strange to think that he could be moving on after spending all 17 years of his career in Montreal. Markov averaged 21:50 of ice time in 2016-17, so expect him to remain productive as long as his body can handle the rigors of a full season.

Andrei Markov
D FA
5 months ago

Markov was made available by the Canadiens for Wednesday's expansion draft, TSN reports.

EDGE Analysis

Markov just finished his 16th NHL season with the Canadiens and posted 36 points in 62 games. It was the first time since 2012-13 that the 38-year-old Markov did not appear in at least 80 games, as he missed a stretch in December and January with a lower-body injury. Markov is set to be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, so if he goes unselected by the Golden Knights, he'll be on the open market to sign a new deal with the team of his choice.

Andrei Markov
D FA
7 months ago

Markov won't be playing in the World Championships in Europe next month, Eric Engels of Sportsnet reports.

EDGE Analysis

The blueliner had a solid 36 points in 62 games, but unfortunately missed a stretch in late December and early January that impacted his total numbers. Despite being 38-years-old, he doesn't seem like he is on the decline quite yet.

Andrei Markov
D FA
7 months ago

Markov will not be in the lineup Saturday versus host Detroit, TSN's John Lu reports.

EDGE Analysis

None of Markov, Max Pacioretty, Alexander Raduluov or Carey Price traveled to the Motor City for what would be a rather meaningless contest with the Habs already guaranteed a spot in the playoffs. Markov finishes the regular-season campaign with 36 points (six goals, 30 assists) in 62 games, which is a modest decline in production compared to last year.

Andrei Markov
D FA
8 months ago

Markov scored two goals, including one on the power play, and added an power-play assist in a 3-1 win over the Senators.

EDGE Analysis

Interestingly enough, Markov's last three-point game was also against the Sens back on Nov. 22. He has eight points (two goals, six assists) in his last 10 games and sits at 35 points on the season. Ride Markov right now -- he can help you achieve your fantasy goal this season.

Andrei Markov
D FA
9 months ago

Markov scored his team's only goal in a 3-1 loss to the Jets on Saturday.

EDGE Analysis

The 38-year-old only has four goals this season, but two of his scores have come within the past four contests. Despite not much scoring, Markov is a halfway decent fantasy option. He is averaging 0.625 points and 1.45 shots per game. Furthermore, he has a plus-6 rating and 10 of his 25 points have come on special teams. Markov doesn't excel in any fantasy area, but he also has no strong weaknesses.

Andrei Markov
D FA
9 months ago

Markov will head to Russia next week to bring his twin sons to Montreal following the tragic passing of their mother in December, the Montreal Gazette reports.

EDGE Analysis

Markov's ex-partner reportedly passed away from ovarian cancer shortly before Christmas. The veteran defenseman plans to travel to his home country once the Habs start their bye following this Sunday's road game against the Bruins.