Thursday Report: Andrei Markov contract talks plus more


In today’s edition of the Thursday Report,

Andrei Markov and the Montreal Canadiens continue to discuss contract extension and according to Markov’s agent Sergei Berezin they are not that far apart.

“I met with Marc a couple of days ago when they were here [in Florida],”

“I don’t think we’re in any rush to get anything done. I have an idea what they’re offering, they know what we want, and I don’t actually think we’re that far apart. I’m hopeful in the end it will work out.” –

A source told TheHabsNation that Andrei Markov and his agent Sergei Berezin along with Marc Bergevin and his staff have discussed a contract that would keep the 35-year-old veteran for another 3 seasons with the Habs.

A 3 year deal between the two sides seems to be the middle ground on these contract talks as the Habs were only offering a 1-2 year deal while Markov was looking for a 4-5 year deal. There has been no official word of a formal offer from the Canadiens of a 3 year contract, although it is something that has definitely been discussed over this season.

Since the Montreal Canadiens officially clinched a playoff berth their 2nd round pick in this year’s draft has been transferred to the New York Islanders and the Habs get the Isles 5th round draft pick in 2014. This all stems off of the Thomas Vanek trade at the deadline that incorporated these conditions in order for this exchange of draft picks to happen.

Brady Vail and Connor Crisp joined the Hamilton Bulldogs earlier this week on try-out agreements that will last for the rest of the Hamilton Bulldogs season. The Canadiens will likely take a good look at both Vail and Crisp in Hamilton and decide on whether to sign them to entry-level deals. There is a strong chance that the Habs lock up Brady Vail to a 3 year ELC, if so he will officially be assigned to Hamilton for next season.

Along with Brady Vail and Connor Crisp are Dalton Thrower and Martin Reway whom may also  get entry-level deals this summer.

Right now it is looking more and more like Jacob de la Rose will be coming to North America, Leksand general manager Tommy Salo, former NHL goalie, says he is going to wait a bit longer to discuss contracts with de la Rose and other young prospects on the team. de la Rose stated before that he would love to join North America and almost did,  join the Windsor Spitfires for this past season, but was blocked by the SHL. The Montreal Canadiens would rather have de la Rose in North America over Sweden and if he does join the CHL there is a solid chance he will be signed to an entry-level deal with the Habs.