Playing with Russia in the World Championship confirmed Markov was not seriously hurt and had only himself to blame for his awful play in both Rounds of the playoffs.
If the Habs seriously want to aim for the Cup in 2009, Markov showed he cannot be counted on as a dependable No. 1 defenseman in the playoffs. As the saying goes, “when the going gets rough, the rough get going”. Markov did the exact opposite, putting on a disappearing act when the play got rougher this Spring, which cannot have gone unnoticed by the Habs’ brass…
So we cannot rule out that a wild card scenario has the Habs signing guys like Redden and/or Orpik, then trading Markov for offensive help. Curious what he would fetch?
That was just speculation. A lot of us, me included, think that's probably what happened, but it's not exactly the kind of thing the Russian Federation would put out a press release about, you know?
Well, knowing how much the Russian Federation care about the Olympics and any kind of world event, wouldn't it be dumb to make that kind of threat against maybe your best D-Man ? I mean, maybe it would be alright to do that with a guy that you don't really care about but with a key player like Markov ? I don't know, it just seems very unlikely to me... Maybe there was pressure but this kind of pressure ? I don't know, my reaction if I was him would probably like : Ok whatever, I'm sure you'll miss me more than I miss you.