MOSCOW (AP) — Longtime Montreal Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov signed with Russian club Ak Bars Kazan on Monday.
The team said the 38-year-old Markov signed a two-year contract to play in the Kontinental Hockey League, a week after Montreal said it would not keep the defenseman for a 17th NHL season. No salary details were given.
Markov will be reunited with Ak Bars coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov, who coached Markov on Russia's Olympic team in 2014.
Andrei Markov wanted badly to play a 17th season with the Canadiens and finish his career in Montreal.
When it was clear that wouldn't happen, the veteran defenseman decided to go home to Russia and play next season in the Kontinental Hockey League. Markov hopes to represent Russia in the Olympics next February in South Korea, the first without NHL players since 1994.
A busy weekend to kick off NHL free agency has left a few prominent players still looking for landing spots and teams still needing to fill some holes.
Russia hopes the lure of playing in the Olympics draws some players back home to the Kontinental Hockey League.
The Russian Hockey Federation said Wednesday it will try to keep KHL players from leaving for North America and attempt to bring NHL free agents back this summer. That could include pending free agents such as the Montreal Canadiens' Andrei Markov and Alexander Radulov.
MONTREAL (AP) — The biggest ovation at the Bell Centre didn't come for Carey Price's stellar goaltending or for Brendan Gallagher's tiebreaking goal. It was for an assist by veteran defenseman Andrei Markov.
MONTREAL (AP) — Max Pacioretty thought he had the winning goal in overtime. Instead, the Montreal Canadiens captain gave it to a teammate a few minutes later.
Alex Galchenyuk scored in overtime for the second straight night, Carey Price made 26 saves and Montreal beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 1-0 on Tuesday night to extend its winning streak to three games.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Montreal's long scoring drought ended with a five-goal outburst Thursday night, and that was just enough for the Canadiens to end a four-game losing streak.
Alex Galchenyuk scored 2:13 into overtime to give the Canadiens a 5-4 victory against the Arizona Coyotes. Max Pacioretty had two goals and two assists, one on the winning play.
MONTREAL (AP) — With Andrei Markov nursing an upper-body injury and Shea Weber in a scoring slump, the Montreal Canadiens needed a defenseman to step up.
It turned out to be Jeff Petry, who scored a goal and added two assists to keep his hot streak alive as the Canadiens downed the sluggish Anaheim Ducks 5-1 on Tuesday night.
That gave Petry a goal in three consecutive games for the first time in his career and seven points in his last five outings.