McKenzie: Andrei Markov wants 3-year deal at $6 million per from Canadiens

Jun 16, 10:00 AM

The Montreal Canadiens will have plenty of decisions to make this offseason with 11 pending free agents on their roster, but Andrei Markov appears to have set himself up as the first domino for general manager Marc Bergevin and his brain trust.   

The Russian blue liner is reportedly seeking a three-year deal worth $6 million per season, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie. 

Striking a deal that many speculated would be his last, Markov sought and received a similar contract in 2011, signing for three years at just a shade under $6 million per. 

He missed most of the 2011-12 season recovering from a knee injury, but sat just a single game over the past two seasons, scoring 73 points. 

Jun 23, 7:36 PM

Canadiens' Markov on 3-year, $17.25 million extension: 'I never doubted I'd be back'

Jun 23, 7:36 PM

The Montreal Canadiens re-signed veteran defenseman Andrei Markov to a three-year, $17.25-million contract extension Monday afternoon. 

"I never doubted I’d be back with the Canadiens. I knew before last season ended that I wanted to stay in Montreal," he told canadiens.com.

Markov, who struggled through injury often the last few seasons was very happy to get the deal done.

"I could talk about Montreal for hours. Every time you jump on the ice is special. It’s an incredible feeling having so many fans behind you, supporting you."

He continued:

The Canadiens organization has helped me put my health problems behind me. Right now, I'm healthy and I'm really excited to start next season. I'm working hard to make sure I'm in even better shape than I was last year.

With the Canadiens showing promise in the playoffs, Markov is excited to stick around a little bit longer. 

"I think we have a good team here. We have a lot of young players who can get better at different things. We have to look forward. Our last two seasons were good."

Feature photo courtesy of USA TODAY Sports/Brad Penner

Jun 23, 1:53 PM

Report: Andrei Markov signs 3-year, $17.25 million deal with Canadiens

Jun 23, 1:53 PM

Andrei Markov has reportedly signed a three-year contract extension with the Montreal Canadiens in a deal that mirrors the $17.25 million agreement he signed prior to the 2011 season. 

Because who wouldn't enjoy the current figure on his bank book, the Russian defenseman will continue to earn the identical $5.75 million annual salary he's enjoyed over the last three seasons, according to Marc Antoine Godin of La Presse

The Canadiens will pay the 13-year veteran a significant portion of their payroll until the age of 38 on a deal likely designed to keep the Russian blue liner in a Habs uniform for his entire career. 

It was expected that his previous deal would be his last, but Markov played his way into another lucrative contract with back-to-back seasons of solid two-way hockey. 

General manager Marc Bergevin remains tasked with fitting restricted free agent defenseman P.K. Subban and his lofty expectations under the cap. 

Jun 5, 10:42 PM

Report: Canadiens, Markov to start contract talks in the next few days

Jun 5, 10:42 PM

The Montreal Canadiens haven't forgotten about pending free-agent defenseman Andrei Markov. After failing to get anything done before the trade deadline in March, Markov and the Canadiens will reportedly resume contract talks soon.

Markov played through his last season of a three-year, $17.25-million contract appearing in 81 games with 43 points.

Apr 1, 8:16 PM

Report: Canadiens restart contract talks with D Andrei Markov

Apr 1, 8:16 PM

The Montreal Canadiens were unable to come to terms on a contract extension with veteran blue-liner Andrei Markov in advance of the 5 March 2014 NHL trade deadline, and talks between the two sides broke off thereafter. 

But the two sides have resumed negotiations in recent days, and might not even be all that far apart according to a report from ESPN's Pierre LeBrun.

"I don’t think we’re in any rush to get anything done," Markov's agent Sergei Berezin told the ESPN reporter. "I have an idea what they’re offering, they know what we want, and I don’t actually think we’re that far apart. I’m hopeful in the end it will work out." 

Markov has played first-pairing minutes for the Canadiens this season, while playing first unit power-play minutes and factoring into the Montreal penalty-kill. The 35-year-old Russian Olympian managed 42 points this season, and 12 of the 13 players with whom he's spent at least 200 even-strength minutes have fared better from a puck possession standpoint with Markov, than they have without him.

Mar 5, 3:21 PM

Report: Deadline passes without D Andrei Markov and Canadiens reaching a contract extension

Mar 5, 3:21 PM

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Montreal Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov did not reach a contract extension with the team prior to the deadline, reports Renaud Lavoie.

Markov was rumored to be in play if he couldn't get a contract worked out before 3pm on Wednesday. 

Mar 5, 10:18 AM

Report: Andrei Markov, Canadiens continue to talk extension

Mar 5, 10:18 AM

The Montreal Canadiens are continuing to talk to veteran defenseman Andrei Markov according to Markov's agent Sergei Berezin, via Pierre LeBrun.

The Edmonton Oilers reportedly offered a deal to the Canadiens, but Markov's wish is to stay in Montreal.

Mar 3, 9:13 PM

Report: Oilers have tabled offer for Canadiens' Andrei Markov

Mar 3, 9:13 PM

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The Edmonton Oilers tabled an offer to the Montreal Canadiens in attempt to add Andrei Markov to their haphazard defensive core, according to Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun.

Markov, who will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, expressed his desire to stay in Montreal, but the Habs appear reluctant to provide the lengthy term he desires. While Markov's age -- the Russian is 35 -- presents grounds for hesitation, the Canadiens will also be required to allocate most of their defensive dollars to P.K. Subban, who will be a restricted free agent at season's end. 

Meanwhile in Edmonton, captain Andrew Ference -- at a mere $3.25 million cap hit -- represents the lone Oilers defenceman signed through next season and beyond. Unlike his Canadien counterpart, Oilers general manager Craig McTavish certainly has the budget to give Markov the contract he desires.

Per the report, Montreal is seeking a prospect and a pick for its most-seasoned back-peddler. 

Mar 1, 11:07 AM

Agent: Andrei Markov wants to stay in Montreal

Mar 1, 11:07 AM

Former NHLer Sergei Berezin has assumed the duties of representing Montreal defenseman Andrei Markov, and the agent told Pierre LeBrun that his client's desire is to remain with the Canadiens for the remainder of his career.

The two sides are currently working on a contract extension, but appear to be unable to agree on term and valuation.

"I can’t say much -- we agreed not to say much -- but talks are ongoing and Andrei wants to stay in Montreal," Berezin told ESPN.com Friday. "We’ll see where it goes. He’s played 13 seasons with Montreal. He wants to finish his career in Montreal." 

It appears unlikely that Montreal would deal the 35-year-old prior to the deadline if a new contract isn't agreed upon; however, they risk the chance of Markov seeking opportunities elsewhere if another team is willing to meet his request of a multiple-year contract during free agency.

Feb 25, 6:26 PM

Report: Canadiens D Markov looking for multi-year deal and a raise

Feb 25, 6:26 PM

The Montreal Canadiens are in a tough spot with veteran defenseman Andrei Markov. In his last year of a three-year contract, Markov is looking for a slight raise over the $5.75 million he made in each of his last two seasons.

With a long list of injuries that have plagued the defenseman, the Canadiens are weary of offering Markov more than a one-year deal. Markov is looking for term as well as a slight raise.

Bob Mckenzie joined TSN Radio 1050 Tuesday afternoon and explained, "I'm sure Markov wants more term. The money is good but he's an over 35 [year old] player with a bad injury history. They knew they had to step up and give him a raise."

Markov has reportedly rejected a one-year deal worth just over $6-million.

The power play specialist has played in just 127 games out of a possible 270 over the last four seasons. He has never played for any NHL team other than the Canadiens.

Feb 24, 6:28 PM

Report: Canadiens offered D-man Andrei Markov a one-year deal 'at just over $6M'

Feb 24, 6:28 PM

Montreal Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov is in the final year of a three-year, $17.25-million contract he signed back in 2011, and the Habs are reportedly interested in bringing back the 35-year-old veteran:

Markov, earning $5.75 million for the 2013-14 season, has five goals and 21 assists in 59 games for the Canadiens and is averaging 25:05 a night in ice time. He's a big part of the Habs' 12th-ranked power play, which has scored on 19.1 percent of its opportunities this season. Markov has two goals and 14 assists with the man advantage. 

Markov plays a lot of minutes for the Habs, in all situations, and has been a positive possession player this season. His current cap hit compares to defenders like the Jets' Tobias Enstrom (29 years old, $5.75 million), the Blackhawks' Brent Seabrook (28 years old, $5 million) and Duncan Keith (30 years old, $5,538,462), and the Lightning's Matt Carle (29 years old, $5.5 million).

Another, more apt comparison: the Flyers' Kimmo Timonen, who's 38, and earning $6 million on a one-year deal with Philadelphia. 

Keep in mind, with the NHL's trade deadline looming, that Markov has a limited no-trade clause on his current deal, according to the nerds at CapGeek

The Habs are third in the Atlantic Division with 70 points, and have allowed only 142 goals, third-fewest in the Eastern Conference. They have the playoffs in their sights, and Markov's a big part of their success and spring plans. 

Jan 14, 10:31 AM

Andrei Markov wants to finish his career in Montreal

Jan 14, 10:31 AM

35-year old defenseman Andrei Markov is set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, and has made no secret of the fact that he wants to remain a member of the Montreal Canadiens for as long as possible.

“How long that’s going to be, you never know,” Markov told the Montreal Gazette“It’s not only my decision, (but) also management, the organization. We’ll see what’s going to happen.”

According to Dave Stubbs, preliminary talks have begun between the two sides in regards to a contract extension, with Markov representing himself in lieu of an agent. “Maybe I’m going to sign another contract tomorrow. Maybe in another month. We’ll see,” Markov said. “I’d like to stay here for the rest of my career. You can see some players in their 40s who still play. I don’t want to think that far. Whatever is going to happen tomorrow will happen tomorrow.”

Markov is in the final year of a three-year contract worth $17.25-million, and one main issue moving forward may be durability; heading into last season, he had skated in only 73 of his NHL team's 272 games since 2009-10

This season, Markov has recorded five goals and 19 assists in 46 games for the Canadiens, as serves as a great compliment to P.K. Subban on the blue line.