In RDS’s continuing campaign to lower expectations of journalistic creditability and promote identity politics over impartial analysis took another step forward with their latest bizarre rumour to sift from out on their masthead.
However a cardinal mistake of rumour mongering was made here. A good manufactured rumour must be at least sufficiently plausible and possible that it cannot be dismissed out of hand. For a trade rumour for example, you can’t actually prove that the Habs haven’t talked to the Blackhawks about trading Price for Kane and its not so outlandish that it can be dismissed on a common sense basis.
This rumour does not met such criteria, essentially because what it proposes may happen is in fact impossible. Andrei Markov is under contract to the Montreal Canadians. As such, its impossible for him to stay and play in the KHL. The two leagues have honoured each others contracts ever since Radulov jumped ship and the IIHF enforces the rule that a player with a valid pro contract can’t go play in another league, with the risk of IIHF sanctions.
Unless there is a lockout going on, Markov is under contract to the Montreal Canadiens for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 NHL seasons. Full stop, no debate.
All this also leaves aside that Markov has demonstrably been committed to staying with his team in the Canadiens and his adopted home of Montreal.
So there is no way there is any substance behind this one. Markov is safely within the control of the Habs organization and will remain that way.