It took 20 days and a myriad of hospital visits before it was finally decided that Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov requires season-ending knee surgery. 

Season-ending and perhaps the end of his ten year career as a member of the Canadiens.  On July first, Markov becomes an unrestricted free agent.  The Canadiens must make a decision as to whether to risk making a contract offer to a player who has suffered three serious knee injuries in the last nineteen months.

The Markov Injury Card.

January18, 2006 – Suffers rotator cuff injury to left shoulder. Misses eight games.

February 4, 2007 – Sprained MCL left knee. Missed three games.

April 4, 2009 – Left knee taken out on a check by Mikael Grabovski of Toronto. Missed last four regular season games and the four game playoff sweep by Boston.

Oct. 2, 2009 Opening Game of the season in Toronto – suffers a lacerated tendon in his ankle caused by Carey Price’s skate blade. Misses 35 games -returning to lineup December 19.

April 30, 2010 – Suffers torn ligament in right knee after being checked by Pittsburgh’s Matt Cooke in the first game of the Eastern Conference semi-final. Underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL in his right knee May 19th. Miss rest of playoffs and first ten games of 2010-2011 season.

November 13, 2010 – Suffers injury to right knee when checked into boards by Carolina’s Eric Staal. Surgery to again repair the right knee’s ACL is scheduled for Dec. 8, 2010.

 

From the Canadiens Publicity Department –

The Montreal Canadiens today announced that defenseman Andrei Markov will undergo knee surgery on Wednesday, December 8. The surgery, to repair a meniscus and reconstruct the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), will be performed in Alabama by doctor James Andrews.

We are very confident that Andrei will be able to fully recover from this injury ”, said the Canadiens’general manager Pierre Gauthier.

The 31-year old Russian defenseman will not return this season. Markov suffered a knee injury during the November 13 game against Carolina at the Bell Centre, and missed the team’s last nine games.

Markov registered 3 points (1 goal, 2 assists) in seven games with the Canadiens this season. He missed the first 10 games of the season, from October 7 to 29, due to a knee injury suffered on April 30, 2010.