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Report: Andrei Markov contract negotiations are at a stalemate

As is stands, the pending UFA appears to be heading to free agency

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Eric Engels is reporting that extension talks between the Habs and veteran defender Andrei Markov are currently at a standstill.

The sticking issue appears to be the term. Markov was reportedly looking for a two-year deal, and seeing as the Canadiens have to navigate Carey Price’s new contract next season, they’re likely pushing for a one-year deal from the lifetime member of the Canadiens.

To add a little fuel to the fire, Markov is currently training beach side, while Sergei Berezin records his exploits. Notice the hashtag.

If Markov does test the waters, Marc Bergevin’s summer will be a lot busier, seeing as he’s losing his best offensive defenceman, and Montreal’s defensive situation was already questionable to say the least.

The Habs currently have $21M in cap space, with 17 players signed to contracts. Things change quickly in the NHL landscape, especially on the eve of free agency, but Habs fans may need to prepare for life without Markov

We’ll keep a close eye on the situation as it develops.