I'd be wary on the Russian story. Other than the congratulations, the rest of the quote is one that popped up a couple of days ago about Markov having offers from KHL teams but preferring to stay in Montreal.
I don't think there's much doubt he'll sign here. The question will be length and dollar amount. Until Marinaro is right about those, I wouldn't be so quick to congratulate him on "breaking" a story. It wasn't anything that really anybody couldn't have predicted.
I don't think PG is a moron for passing on Jagr. I mean Pierre Mcguire who is really good friends with the Pens Gm said the penguins were only interested in Jagr at a Cap hit of only 1 million dollars. There are question marks about his on ice game, but he also said its well known that Jagr is a huge Diva.
Aye but the Penguins have a phenomenal line up now with Neal likely to suit up on Crosby's wing. They also are up pretty close to the cap after they address all their U/RFAs. So it is understandably to some extent they will not commit much to Jagr. We are in a different position, lacking that dynamic forward. Cammalleri was suppose to fill this role but between his injuries and inconsistency. He has hardly lived up to the hype. Passing on Jagr would be absolutely foolish.
On another note. It seems Markov is just about signed, which is fantastic.
I figure that any playing time we get out of him is high quality play. If he gets injured by another fluke play, then he'll go on the IR. I don't see him getting injured again though. It could happen but I don't think it will. I think he realizes how important it is for him to stay in shape, so he probably took every measure to make sure all of his weaknesses (knees, feet, etc.) aren't weaknesses anymore. Be it through training or braces or anything else.
No he said Markov Will Be re-signed, doesnt know what day it will be but he knows for sure it will be a 2 year contract and then he went on to say there are just a few minor details to be worked out and that "the deal is as good as done"