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Markov may be on shelf up to three months

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09:25 AM ET 11.15 | While it will be days before doctors can make a complete diagnosis, it may be months before a return. [There] are unconfirmed reports that Montreal Canadiens' defenseman Andrei Markov could be out of the lineup for as long as three months. Markov suffered an injury to his surgically-repaired right knee Saturday night when he had a knee-to-knee collision with the Carolina Hurricanes' Eric Staal as they chased a puck into the corner. Markov's knee hit the board, but it appeared any damage had been done before then. He threw his gloves off immediately after the contact, punched the boards and lay writhing on the ice. Two teammates assisted him off the ice and he wasn't putting any weight on his leg.

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November 15, 2010  09:44 AM ET

I didn't see the hit, but knowing it was Staal, it seems obvious to me this was an accident. But, having not seen it, I gotta ask: Was it that bad of a hit, or was the knee weak because Markov came back early?

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November 15, 2010  10:37 AM ET

This guy has no luck at all.

November 15, 2010  11:17 AM ET

Just bad...........

November 15, 2010  11:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I didn't see the hit, but knowing it was Staal, it seems obvious to me this was an accident. But, having not seen it, I gotta ask: Was it that bad of a hit, or was the knee weak because Markov came back early?

That would be my question...did he come back too soon?

November 15, 2010  11:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

This guy has no luck at all.

He is also brittle like quite a few seem to be. Either recently injured or about to return from injury.

November 15, 2010  11:47 AM ET

That's got to hurt the Habs as he's a decent D-man. Might they be interested in Souray's services? He can help ... a little. Only problem would be, do the Habs want two brittles on the back end?

November 15, 2010  12:00 PM ET

Well, the Isles just "removed" Gordon as their coach, bumping him up to "Advisor to the GM", Pat Quinn style.

Not sure what they plan to do now. If I'm an up and coming coach, there's no way I would take this job. If I was a well regarded coach who is out of work, I wouldn't take this job. The only way I would take it is if I were blacklisted by the league...and the Isles already fierd Ted Nolan for Gordon.

Hmm.
MacT seemed inable to work with young guys in Edmonton.
Pat Quinn seems done.
Would ANYONE hire Mike Keenan anymore?
How locked in is Hitchcock? Could he get out of his contract to take over this team?
I'd say Craig Hartsburg deserves another go, but he's laid up right now.
Bring Al Arbour back?

November 15, 2010  12:10 PM ET

The hit was fine. Staal lifted his leg up to pull Markov back into the hit and it cause Markov to hit his knee in a difficult position. All-in-all it was a tough luck kind of hit. Markov has spent a lot of time working out to get back into shape to play on the knee only to have it taken out in one hit. Luckily the habs played well enough without him and they have a fairly deep defense corps - enough to swim for the next few months +...

Will be very interesting to see what happens come contract talk time with Markov though, he hasnt been very sturdy the last 3 season... but its equally hard to replace an all-star defenseman in this league all that easily.

November 15, 2010  12:23 PM ET

This only reinforces that they never should have let Streit go...And yes he's hurt as well.

November 15, 2010  01:08 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Well, the Isles just "removed" Gordon as their coach, bumping him up to "Advisor to the GM", Pat Quinn style. Not sure what they plan to do now. If I'm an up and coming coach, there's no way I would take this job. If I was a well regarded coach who is out of work, I wouldn't take this job. The only way I would take it is if I were blacklisted by the league...and the Isles already fierd Ted Nolan for Gordon.Hmm. MacT seemed inable to work with young guys in Edmonton.Pat Quinn seems done.Would ANYONE hire Mike Keenan anymore?How locked in is Hitchcock? Could he get out of his contract to take over this team?I'd say Craig Hartsburg deserves another go, but he's laid up right now.Bring Al Arbour back?

For your consideration...David (I mean Bruce) Cassidy....Mike Milbury...Rick Bowness...Tony Granato.

November 15, 2010  03:14 PM ET

Yea, but how 'bout that Carey Price?

November 15, 2010  03:16 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Yea, but how 'bout that Carey Price?

He's been awesome. Have you gone all artsy fartsy on us Phnatom? Where's Tom Servo?

November 15, 2010  03:28 PM ET

i know where there is a Boumeister they can have..............please

November 15, 2010  04:07 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Yea, but how 'bout that Carey Price?

I'm the conductor of the Price bandwagon.

All aboard!

November 15, 2010  04:16 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

i know where there is a Boumeister they can have..............please

Take my Boumeister. Please. :)

November 15, 2010  04:17 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

He's been awesome. Have you gone all artsy fartsy on us Phnatom? Where's Tom Servo?

Nah, just mixing it up a bit. Tom is chillin' with Crow and Gypsy for a while.

November 15, 2010  04:35 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

I'm the conductor of the Price bandwagon. All aboard!

As the conductor, have the driver go real slow so all those that broken bones leaping off the Leaf wagon with the license # 4-0 can catch up to you.

November 15, 2010  04:37 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

Nah, just mixing it up a bit. Tom is chillin' with Crow and Gypsy for a while.

Tell him I said Hi.

 
November 15, 2010  04:40 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Well, the Isles just "removed" Gordon as their coach, bumping him up to "Advisor to the GM", Pat Quinn style. Not sure what they plan to do now. If I'm an up and coming coach, there's no way I would take this job. If I was a well regarded coach who is out of work, I wouldn't take this job. The only way I would take it is if I were blacklisted by the league...and the Isles already fierd Ted Nolan for Gordon.Hmm. MacT seemed inable to work with young guys in Edmonton.Pat Quinn seems done.Would ANYONE hire Mike Keenan anymore?How locked in is Hitchcock? Could he get out of his contract to take over this team?I'd say Craig Hartsburg deserves another go, but he's laid up right now.Bring Al Arbour back?

After last night maybe Tom Renny would be interested. Edmonton is embarrassingly bad

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