Jan 2, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Montreal Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov (79) waits for play to begin against the Dallas Stars during the game at the American Airlines Center. The Canadiens defeated the Stars 6-4. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Canadiens Re-Sign Andrei Markov

The Montreal Canadiens made more news today ahead of the draft and free agency. They have re-signed defenseman Andrei Markov, according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA.

“I am very pleased to be a member of the Montreal Canadiens organization for the coming years. I love Montreal and I am very confident in our group of players. I want to contribute to the success of our team.” - Andrei Markov

Markov was reportedly seeking a $18M deal over 3 years. It appears Marc Bergevin was willing to cough up the cash for the “lifer” d-man. The deal makes Markov the second highest paid player on the Canadiens behind Carey Price.

Markov has appeared in 765 games for the Canadiens and has amassed 98 goals and 442 points. He is coming of a 43-point campaign with a +12 rating. He also had 10 points in 17 playoff games this spring. The defenseman is known for his offensive ability and has been the backbone of the Montreal power play over the years. His teammates sometimes call him “The General”. Markov is also one of soundest defensively in his own end.

“He is an important part of our group of core players. He is healthy, shows a very good work ethic and has great leadership skills. He plays big minutes against the top opponents, and game-changing defensemen of his calibre are hard to find.” - Marc Bergevin

Markov has enjoyed 13 seasons in Montreal as a fan-favorite, so he opted not to test free agency. Now 35, he was drafted in 6th round (162 overall) in the 1998 NHL Draft, 9 picks ahead of fellow countryman Pavel Datsyuk. Markov is a leader on the Canadiens and Bergevin clearly felt it was vital to wrap him up for the next 3 years.

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