Strange, TSN specifically mentioned him in this story, but that must have been an assumption on their part.
The club already has Alexander Ovechkin, Sergei Fedorov and Ilya Kovalchuk and hopes to add a few more NHLers as the playoffs continue, namely Alex Kovalev of the Montreal Canadiens and Evegeni Nabokov of the San Jose Sharks.
"We are waiting on a couple of players and we're looking at the NHL playoffs, but it is the coach's decision," Tretiak said.
Markov is going undergoing a physical to see if he will be fit to play for Russia. Also, here is a little confirmation that Kovalev not being invited is not as sinister as some sources reported it to be. The remaining roster spots (especially with both Varlamov and Eremenko going down with injury for the duration of the tournament) are just screaming for at least one more goaltender and added help on the blueline:
Despite the Montreal Canadiens being eliminated by the Philadelphia Flyers from the NHL playoffs on Saturday, there will be no room for Alex Kovalev on the Russian team. Bykov says his forward lines are set and denied a report Russian officials deemed Kovalev too slow.
The U.S. could definitely use help on D, and I'm sure they'd love to have Komi... I think the question becomes, is whatever injury he has going to be made worse by playing?
As far as the Kovalev situation, I'm having figure skating flashbacks. The Russian figure skating federation was unbelievably political... there's a reason so many of their male ice dancers came to the U.S. to find partners and skate for us internationally instead.
Also, being something of a nerd I can explain the French-Russian connection if anyone wants to hear it.