Andrei Markov Agrees to a new Two-Year Deal With the Habs

The Montreal Canadiens have announced the re-signing of Andrei Markov to a two-year contract. General Manager Bob Gainey did not disclose the salary figures of the contract.

Last season Markov had a career year with the Canadiens. In the 2002-2003 season he managed to score 13 goals and 24 assists for a total of 37 points. His most impressive stat was his plus/minus, which was plus 13 on a defensively challenged hockey club.

In his short career Markov has played in 198 games. His career stats are 24 goals and 60 assists for 84 points in those 198 games.

Now all that needs to be done for the Habs is to have Saku Koivu signed and ready for the start of training camp. In all likelihood Saku will be signed by training camp and if worse comes to worse he will be signed by the start of the season. I highly doubt the latter scenario because of Saku’s past willingness to sign contracts before training camp and his refusal this summer to go to arbitration.

9 Responses to Andrei Markov Agrees to a new Two-Year Deal With the Habs

  1. Lint07 says:

    That’s the guy who wanted a big raise and was threatening Savard & Gainey to go play in Russia, I was a bit worried both parties could not agree to something but now almost the entire team is under contract for the training camp…

    He’ll officially become our #1 defensemen by this year and will post good offensive numbers.

    He is the key to Montreal success in the next few years.

    Saku should sign soon enough.

  2. Habfan1234 says:

    This was an important signing for the Habs because during the course of last season I saw him take over the reins of the #1 defensive role. It took awhile for Andrei to get acclimated to North America and once he did his play greatly improved. Last year’s performance by Markov was just the tip of the iceberg and he will only get better. In a few years the Habs will have one of the best defenses in the league led by Markov, Hainsey, and Komisarek.

  3. Habfan1234 says:

    After the Habs sign Koivu they should set their sites at trading Briesbois-if they can-because of his indifferent play over the past few seasons. Most of the time his head is not in the game and he gives away the puck too many times for my liking. The most I think the Habs could get for him is a mid-level prospect, a high draft pick, or an average NHler.

  4. nucksfan says:

    Good signing for the Habs. I think they still need to sign Captain Koivu don’t they???

    With Hainsey and/or Komisarek coming in this year or the next the Habs are gonna have a great young core on defence.

  5. MerlinsQuest says:

    Brisebois is not a number one defenceman and cannot fulfill this role. He knows it and so do the fans. Montreal needs him on the point in the power play and then maybe a 5th or 6th defenceman position. Unfortunately too much has gone by for him to be comfortable in Montreal. He is not worth his salary to the Habs and it is time for him to go.

    I have read many comments on how he is not worth much and wouldn’t attract anyone. To this I have to disagree, I think there are a few teams that could use him to fill some missing parts on their D.

    Take away the pressure from Montreal’s fans and press and put him to use on the point and you’ll see quite a change in this player.

    Hopefully for everyone this can be pulled off quite soon.

  6. hab4life says:

    Brisebois is atleast a 3 or 4 string defenceman and i still think he should stay with montreal until the rookies come up.with souray back and komisarek brisebois will see less ice time..when the deal comes he’ll be dealt but not yet..wizard

  7. hab4life says:

    I think that if they get a good offer for Brisebois they should take it.

    I’m not sure that Brisebois would help the rookies out that much when he is too nervous to play and it is not a good situation there.

    Montreal has a good enough mix of rookies, journeyman and senior defenceman that they can spare Brisebois.

    The only thing I would say is that Montreal’s defence might be good enough this season to make even Patrice look good and raise his value. For that reason maybe they should hold on to him but not for any reason that Brisebois would help the situation.

  8. habsoverserver says:

    Brisebois has a no trade clause for another season. He could block any deal.

    Montreal could either put him on waivers or send him to their most remote farm club in hopes he retires.

  9. habsoverserver says:

    Problem is his no-trade clause.

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