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Friday, August 17, 2012

Andrei Markov Profile, Backup Plans, Labor Uncertainty and More

Andrei Markov - Tampa Bay Lightning v Montreal Canadiens
Good AM!

Our Sean Lloyd returns with his profile series this week, looking at the oft injured Andrei Markov.

In his excellent piece, he asks about who should be paired with Markov.

But I have another query: do you actually believe he will remain relatively healthy for a change?

Habs and Hockey News

- The HabsWorld crew weighs in on Max Pacioretty's recent extension.

- Given the increasing unease around CBA negotiations, many players are slowly starting to make contingency plans should the NHL season not start on time. As mentioned yesterday, there are conflicting reports about Joe Thornton and Rick Nash returning to HC Davos. Meanwhile, RDS reports on the intentions of a few of the Quebecois currently in the league. Personally, I would go play in France. Why? Because I think French girls are cute. And don't think I'm just being silly. Thornton met his wife in Davos.

- The current labor uncertainty is already having tangible impacts. The Traverse City prospect tournament has been cancelled and progress regarding the Phoenix Coyotes has slowed.

- The Hockey News continues its predictions, revealing numbers seven and eight in each conference.


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