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NHL Rumors: Jason Pominville, Andrei Markov And The Montreal Canadiens

Andrei Markov is looking to return to the NHL and would like it to be with the Montreal Canadiens
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Sabres are ideal for Pominville, but what about the Canadiens?

Marc Antoine Godin of The Athletic: Jason Pominville still isn’t sure where he’ll be playing this upcoming season.

Finding the right fit/situation is important and the odds of receiving a multi-year offer are “very thin.”

“And with a possible lockout in two years, I can’t see myself moving somewhere for four or five months and getting traded at the deadline if my team isn’t doing very well,” he said.

Re-signing with the Buffalo Sabres would be ideal for Pominville.

Agent Normand Dupont on if the Montreal Canadiens could be on option.

“I think Montreal, since losing Andrew Shaw, really hasn’t replaced him,” Dupont said. “Obviously, Jason would listen carefully (to an offer).”

Markov would like to return to the NHL and the Montreal Canadiens

Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette: 40-year old defenseman Andrei Markov would love sign a one-year deal with the Montreal Canadiens. Markov spent 16 seasons and 990 games with the Canadiens.

Markov has spent the last two seasons with Ak Bars of the KHL after he and Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin couldn’t reach a deal. He never wanted to leave the Canadiens but the Canadiens were only offering him a one-year deal.

The Canadiens are Markov’s first choice, but he will listen to any offers from other teams.

“That’s my dream, you know,” Markov said. “But it’s not up to me. We’ll see … we’ll see what’s going to happen. I’ll try to train hard and prepare myself. But it’s not just my decision. I’m trying to prepare myself for that, but we’ll see what’s going to happen, you know. Most probably it’s going to be my last year. I’m looking for a one-year contract and try to enjoy that and give my all.”

Eric Engels: On defenseman Andrei Markov potentially returning to the NHL/Montreal Canadiens: “I know he wants to play in the NHL next year, I know he wants to be in Montreal, but I don’t see the Habs (or anyone else) giving him more than a PTO to start with.”

Eric Engels: “He’s 40, and this is what he’s done over the last 2 yrs since leaving the NHL (from @hockey_db). If he can play his way into a conract with someone, great for him! Hard to imagine a team just giving him a $2M deal+ before testing him out. Not impossible, but hard to imagine.”

Andrei Markov's KHL stats that past two seasons.

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