Markov to Stay in Russia? Today in Stupid Rumours

March 17th, 2012; Montreal, QC, CAN; Montreal Canadiens defenceman Andrei Markov (79) during the 2nd period against the New York Islanders at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-US PRESSWIRE

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.

 

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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.

Topics: Andrei Kostitsyn, Montreal Canadiens

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    • Stephan Cooper

      Once the released the full interview it became even more obvious that they were creating a non-controversy

      It was selective quote mining to make it sound like Markov was saying something he wasn’t.

      When asked a week ago if the conflict continues would he stay in the KHL he said yes.

      Asked what he’ll do when the conflict if the conflict takes a long time to be resolved he said he’d make that decision when it comes up.

      Never did he say anything like “I’m thinking of not honouring my NHL contract and staying in the KHL if the lockout is resolved.”

    • Josh D

      This video means nothing….all he say’s is hes going to wait and see what happens when the time comes. No where did he say he is going to stay in the KHL even if the lockout ends.