Secondly.Markov sticking with two years and feeling the Habs REALLY needed him following the Drouin deal.and even if he may be right, the Habs stuck to their guns and the pressure has just gotten insane high on Montreal now. Assuming that Markov wants to continue his National Hockey League career, he shouldn't have trouble finding a new employer if the asking price is reasonable.
"I've made my decision to move back to Russian Federation and play in the KHL", Markov said.
Markov, 38, was the longest-tenured player on the team and an alternate captain last season.
"Those 16 years were a big part of my life". "I'm sad.but I respect their decision and now I move forward".
Last year, the left-hander has earned six goals and 36 points in 62 outings. In 990 games, the defenseman contributed with 119 goals and 453 assists. He notched 50 points in 2014-15 and reached a career-high 64 in 2008-09.
During his career in Montreal, Markov appeared in the second most games by a Canadiens defenseman.
On behalf of the entire organization, I would like to thank Andrei for his great contributions during his 16 seasons as a proud member of the Montreal Canadiens. I would like to wish Andrei the best of luck in the next step of his career, and happiness with his family.. The Canadiens wanted to wait until September or October before deciding. In going to the KHL, Markov will be eligible to play for Team Russia at the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympics. "My dream was always to win the Stanley Cup and bring it to Montreal; but now it is time for me to move on".