Thursday, November 26, 2009

Markov skates, Desharnais returned and words from Tretiak

image A glimmer of hope shone at the Montreal Canadiens training facility in Brossard on Thursday morning.

Defenseman Andrei Markov, injured with a sliced tendon since game one, skated briefly today in his first public appearance since the injury. Markov did mention to reporters that he had been on the ice earlier in the week at an undisclosed location.

The ten-minute light skate was the highlight of an optional team skate and workout in Brossard in which only five other players skated: Scott Gomez, Matt D'Agostini, Benoît Pouliot, Georges Laraque and Jaroslav Spacek.

Markov feels he could return to game action by early January, well ahead of schedule, and definitely before the Olympics.

The Russian blueliner stated that it will be “my secret” when it comes to deciding on playing for his country in 2010.

Dave Stubbs of HabsInsideOut provides us with fourteen minutes of audio from #79.

After the Canadiens close out November against the Capitals on Saturday night, they will play 17 games in December.

At that point, the team will be at the mid-point of the regular season.

Eric Engels pointed this out on Twitter Thursday morning;

“If they're .500 by then with all the other injuries it'll be a miracle.”

Tis the season!

Desharnais back down to the Bulldogs: Talk about a hockey story! David Desharnais is called up by the Canadiens, on Wednesday morning, and whisked to Pittsburgh via limo.

With no time for a pre-game skate, and barely making it for the warm-up, the rookie logs just under eight minutes against the defending Stanley Cup champs in his first ever NHL game.

He’s then sent back down to Hamilton Thursday afternoon.

Russian goalie legend in Toronto: Vladislav Tretiak, the greatest goalie to never play in the NHL, stopped by The FAN590 to sit down with Bob McCowan on Thursday afternoon. The interview is available here.

image Vladislav Treitak  with Peter Mahovlich and Yvan Cournoyer, Dec 31, 1975.

Tretiak is the GM of Russia’s 2010 Olympic team and says he will wait until closer to the Games to decide on the team they will field.

He will also pick the best players at the moment over prior historical impact.

Mr. Tretiak is also in Toronto as a special guest for the Canada-Eurasia Business Association’s charity fundraiser, Thursday night, at the Hockey Hall of Fame.

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