Much ado was made about the Montreal Canadiens' decision to not bring back defenseman Andrei Markov, which was made public on Thursday morning. Markov, a 38-year old unrestricted free agent, has played his entire NHL career with the Habs, playing in 990 games with the club, was hoping to come back on a 2-year deal, but the term and the salary demands were far to steep for the team, who reportedly tried to offer him a 1-year deal with less money, but negotiations failed in the end.
It was revealed in a phone conference later in the day, that Markov has also decided to head back home to Russia to play in the KHL, likely ending his NHL career.
Last season, Markov was a productive member of the Montreal blueline, finishing 41st among all defensemen in scoring with 6 goals and 36 points in 62 games. He has also had a productive career within the Opiated Sherpa hockey pools, contributing to two money teams, a 2nd place finish in 2013 and a 1st place finish in 2014.