The Montreal Canadiens have announced that their star defenseman Andrei Markov has undergone ACL surgery on his injured knee and he'll now be unfit to play for upwards of six months. It really does seem like the Canadiens were holding out for as long as possible, hoping that Markov could return to the line-up in these playoffs, but with surgery going down on Wednesday, it appears that his playoff hopes have been dashed and he can now look towards a long Summer of rehab and work. Much like Marco Sturm, announced yesterday, there is a pretty good chance that Markov will be in for missing the first six weeks of the 2011 season, so it's best that you take that into consideration now by making a note telling yourself to discount his value for September or October.
In the 2010 season, Markov only managed to play in 45 games for the Canadiens, which will definitely put him on watch for the injury prone list this Summer. Nevertheless, he does manage to score at a very good pace, picking up 34 points (6 goals & 28 assists) in those 45 games, which was good enough to be 40th in total points among defensemen and ranked 5th in points-per-game among defensemen that played more than 3 games.
Choose him at your own risk is my only advice today.