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Friday Habs Headlines: Adieu, Andrei

In today’s links, recapping Andrei Markov’s departure from the Canadiens and examining what this means for the club going forward.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes:

  • After 16 seasons, Andrei Markov will not be returning to the Montreal Canadiens. [NHL.com | EOTP]
  • The veteran blueliner will join Ak Bars Kazan of the KHL. [TSN]
  • Markov made the decision for family reasons after the Canadiens wanted to delay contract negotiations until September or October. [EOTP]
  • The breakdown in negotiations came with shock and confusion. [Twitter]

Around the league and elsewhere:

  • Frölunda has extended European Coach of the Year Roger Rönnberg until 2022. [Patrik Bexell]
  • Shane Doan, Jarome Iginla, and Mike Fisher have been contacted regarding potential Olympic participation with Team Canada. [TSN]
  • The Minnesota Wild are looking at long-term deals for RFAs Nino Niederreiter and Mikael Granlund. [TSN]
  • Hayley Wickenheiser is challenging NHL players to speak up about their Olympic desires. [TSN]
  • Adidas is selling CCM to Toronto-based Birch Hill Equity Partners for $110 million. [Sportsnet]
  • Former Hab Dwight King is heading to the KHL. [Rick Dhaliwal]