Markov Signed to 3-years in Montreal

Photo: Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images

Photo: Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images

The Montreal Canadiens official twitter account (@CanadiensMTL) announced this morning the re-signing of defenseman Andrei Markov to a 3-year contract starting effective immediately and ending in the 2016-17 season. The 35-year old defenseman was drafted 162nd overall in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft by the Canadiens and was making $700,000 in his first year of NHL salary. According to Cap Geek, Markov has collected over 48 million dollars over his long career.

Below is Andrei Markov’s contract history courtesy of Cap Geek:

Photo: capgeek.com

Photo: capgeek.com

From the Press Release posted on Canadiens.NHL.com, both General Manager Marc Bergevin and the long-time Canadien had comments to say on Markov’s new contract:

“We are very happy to have secured a long term agreement with Andrei. 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

“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

 

Since his first NHL game in the 2000-01 season, Markov has played 765 regular season games while scoring 98 goals and recording 344 assists. In seven years that the Canadiens have made the playoffs with Markov on the blue line, he has recorded 38 points over 75 games and exactly 100 shots taken in the playoffs. Markov’s best season game in the 2008-09 year when he put up a career-high 64 points in 78 games despite the team missing the playoffs.

Below is Markov’s career regular season statistics from Canadiens.NHL.com:

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According to theScore, Andrei Markov’s 3-year deal is worth $17.25 million dollars and he will earn the same $5.75 million per year salary that he has earned over the last three years (via Marc Antoine Godin/La Presse). Markov will be 38 when his contract ends, potentially finishing his career in Montreal.

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