Monday, May 28, 2007

Markov gets big money

Veteran defenceman Andrei Markov is staying put in Montreal after signing a $23-million (U.S.), four-year deal with the Canadiens on Monday.

The 29-year-old Markov was due to become an unrestricted free agent July 1.

Markov was fourth in team scoring this season, second among the club's defencemen with six goals and 43 assists in 77 games.
I'm not sure I'd call that a hometown discount, exactly, but $5.75-million per year is definitely in the realm of what he would have received as an UFA. The real question for Montreal now is will they be able to re-sign Sheldon Souray to a similar deal (and do they want to)?

That'd be an awful lot of dough to tie up in two defencemen who couldn't hump their team into the playoffs in a tough division/weak conference this season.

I have a feeling the bidding war on free agent blueliners is going to continue this summer, which means good things for the great grandchildren of Kimmo Timonen.

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At 4:22 PM, May 28, 2007, Blogger PPP said...

Haha I hope Gainey decides to re-sign Souray as well (at what one would assume could only be a similar figure).

If he does, or even doesn't (what a waste of a tradeable asset), then can we start Gainey's name as a punchline in GM jokes?

I can't wait to hear the habs fans try to spin this signing as great after an entire year of them mocking McCabe's deal.

 
At 7:17 PM, May 28, 2007, Blogger JavaGeek said...

This is the exact figure my website predicted. (Present value of $5.1M/year).

 
At 10:54 AM, May 29, 2007, Anonymous Rob said...

James,
Really enjoy the blog. One thing that is asserted a fair amount is that the Eastern Conference was weak. A simple spreadsheet cut and paste shows that the average number of points of Eastern teams was 90.9, while it was 91.9 for Western teams. While there is a difference, it is marginal. The West was certainly more polarized, with more very strong teams and very weak teams, whereas the East had a sizeable mediocre contingent from Atlanta to Florida. This "weak" East meme should be abandoned.

 
At 1:15 PM, May 29, 2007, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Rob:
East is East and West is West

 

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