"Tendon damage" does not necesarrily mean "Achilles tendon damage". Every muscle has at least 2 tendons for attaching to the bone. There are many tendons on the upper part of the foot and a deep cut there will most likely damage them.
Also - If I were a doctor and facing a deep cut in that area I would most likely ask for surgery in order to properly clean the lesion and make sure that severed tendons and or bones are properly reattached. There might also have been nerves or blood vessels cut and you want surgery for those too.
Markov was able to skate for a bit (unlike Lang last year) so from a mechanical point of view the cut tendons were not vital for his posture, like an achilles tendon is.
My point - while I don't have any proof of what happened, I allow myself to hope it's not something major - IMO it will take at least a few weeks of inactivity though.
Man I hope you're right.
Even if Markov is out 3-4 months he'll be back for playoffs which is most important. Team might have more trouble making them though lol.
Oh well, if Markov is indeed out for a long period of time, it will hopefully just bring the team closer together and faster. Everybody will have to roll up their sleeves to make up for him missing. I think this year we have a lot of NHL quality defenceman to fill in the holes, but you just can't replace an Andrei Markov. If one of the young guys in Hamilton get the chance to play (Carle, Subban or Weber), hopefully they can take advantage of it and establish themselves as regulars in the NHL. It would only help us for the future having these guys NHL ready in case anything else happens along the way.
Thank god that O'Byrne seems to be a force out there this year. Spacek can at least start the rush and can play good defence, which is something we didn't have last year when Markov went down. Also having Hammer back soon (hopefully) will also help. We'll just have to plug the holes till he gets back.
If Markov is out for a long time, the Habs are doomed. I am being serious and not overreacting.
Gill and Mara will absolutely cost the Habs games. They are slow, cannot handle the puck and will be put through the shredder by shifty teams.
Those guys will also be counted on to log more minutes. Spacek also lost a bunch of races to the puck last night... not a good sign.
I agree except that it was the 1st game of the season, most of the players looked really rusty and somewhat lost.
New coach new team pretty much its going to take time.
That being said I do think Markov being out for a while is going to hurt however if Carey Price can continue to play like he did lastnight and this team rolls 4 lines we still can be in the hunt for a playoff spot come spring.
JG looked good on D lastnight and we were missing Hammer still, Spacek looks like he still needs to shake off rust but he would have been the perfect player last year to have around when Markov went down.
Its always doom and gloom in habs land, its the 1st game of the season, every team has injuries, thats why BG brought in guy like Spacek.
Because we didn't have enough injuries last year right?
It's almost as if the hockey gods have been punishing us for a ridiculously healthy first 75 games of the 2007-08 season. Just before the playoffs that year: Traitor, Koivu and Bouillon went down and it's been one key player suffering injuries after another since the start of 2008-09.
You just can't expect to be fine when you loose you're MVP that is also one of the top5 defensemen in the entire game.
Seriously, before he got injured yesterday, Markov was the best player on both side of the ice, and by a good margin. I hope he will start getting the praise he deserve.
It will hurt us a lot if we indeed loose him for an extended period of time. Then again, I'm more confident having guys like Mara and Spacek to take the load rather then depending on Traitor and Bouillon.
By the way, I missed Hamrlik yesterday. When that guy is playing, he seems like all of our D-corps play better with better confidence.
Hope he can be back for tomorrow if Markov is down.
Most of the people here should stop making assumptions on how long Markov will be out. Nobody knows about the seriousness of his injury, so stop speculating. He might be out 2 weeks, 2 months, the season, we don't know yet. But stop being such negative pansies. We have no idea what he had. The fact he supposedly had surgery doesn't change anything. I once had ankle surgery and was back playing soccer 2 weeks after. Sure I'm no pro athlete, but surgery does not mean a big absence.
So everybody needs to calm down a little bit with that whole pessimistic, emo BS.