You can never predict when things are just going to keep falling on your head and make you feel terrible. In the case of the Montreal Canadiens, they not only feel terrible, they also look pretty bad...
After failing to acquire a quality centre who could boost the Habs' offense and show what captain Max Pacioretty is really made of - perhaps to increase his value on the trade market - general manager Marc Bergevin is stuck with another massive issue this offseason.
The Canadiens announced on Thursday that veteran defenseman Shea Weber will be out for an extended period of time after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to repair a meniscal tear in his right knee. His recovery period is expected to be five to six months. The surgery was performed by orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Robert LaPrade in Vail, Colorado. The veteran defender is expected to only return in December - when almost half of the season will be in the books.
It seems like Bergevin might have to turn to a former player, who ended things on bad terms with the team. As David Pagnotta of The Fourth Period points out Friday morning, Markov reached out to the Canadiens and Bergevin back in November, claiming he was unhappy in the Kontinental Hockey League and looking to pursue contract negotiations that had fell through during the summer.
Bergevin turn him down, and Markov admitted to media that he felt disrespected during the process.
“As an athlete and as a person who spent 16 years of their life in Montreal, I’d have liked it if they had respected me,” previously said Markov in an interview with Sportsnet. “That’s all I was asking for from the team.”
“I’m going to be honest with you,” added Markov. “There was practically no negotiations with Montreal. I got two or three offers from them and they said, ‘Either you sign or you don’t sign.’
“No one listened to me and no one wanted to listen to me. That’s what happened. So I had the choice to sign on their terms or to leave and find a new team.”
Now, also according to Pagnotta, the Canadiens might have to reach back to Markov with Weber on the shelf for the rest of the year.
Pagnotta believes Markov would be willing to accept a one-year deal with the Canadiens for the upcoming season, however, they will have to be a change in attitude.
Good thing it was written all over the rookies' backs during the camp earlier this month, right?
What do you think? Do you believe Markov will return to Montreal?