With free agency fast approaching the Montreal Canadiens locked down the services of their longest tenured player, agreeing to terms with defenseman Andrei Markov.
The 35-year-old veteran inked a three-year deal worth $5.75M after putting up his highest season totals since 2010. Playing alongside PK Subban has revitalized Markov’s game and his efforts were rewarded with the same contract he signed three years ago. While he has been labeled as an injury prone player, Markov has preformed beyond most critics expectations and even lead his time in ice time last season.
Markov could have likely fetched more money on the open market but with the Canadiens being a few wins shy of their first Stanley Cup appearance in over a decade, his best shot at hockey immortality is with Montreal. The Voskresensk native finished the 2014 season in the top 10 in ice-time and in the top 20 in scoring for defensemen. He is just two goals shy of 100 for his career and will become just third Russian to reach the plateau.