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.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)?
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.
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.