This lockout is a blessing in disguise for Markov. Now he can get used to playing with his fixed knee, shake off any rust and be ready for the NHL season, whenever that may come.
I could not disagree more. I think NHL training camp, followed by preseason
games would have been better. And even after that, the Habs could work with
Markov , in terms of ice time/responsibility. To lose that oppertunity,especially
at his age has to be bad.
I heard today on the radio Martin McGuire saying how Bergevin told him that he is actually very happy that Markov will still play somewhere, that he would like all other habs players to do the same, since it will prepare them for the season start...
On RDS - Bergevin is quoted saying something like "yea, if he wants to, I have nothing against it. Not like I can do anything - I have no control with no CBA"...
Talk about biased reporting. Should have heard Michel Villeneuve and Ron Fournier blasting Markov for his "lack of loyalty to the club who pays him".
Markov needs to play somewhere. Given the bigger rings and less physical play in Europe, getting in match shape there will hopefully benefit him long term. Good to see him in action again. If he injures himself again bad luck.
Not sure so how the insurance stuff is sorted out. Pretty sure so the management is happy to see him play somewhere.
I said that really poorly. I meant that he would have been much better with
a normal NHL season. But I agree that it is good that he is playing strong hockey,
if there is no NHL.
Competitive hockey at any stage is better than no hockey, that's a given.
Playing in the KHL, he won't be under much pressure. He can work at his own pace and figure things out with his knee. In the case of pre-season in the NHL, he'd force himself to push hard and get ready for an entire NHL season.
Playing in the KHL lets him get into game shape at a rate he is comfortable with.
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