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It’s the end of an era: After sixteen years and nearly 1000 regular-season games with the Habs, Andrei Markov won’t be back next season. He’s heading back to Russia to play for the KHL, it seems.

Markov has spent his entire 16-year NHL career to date as a member of the Canadiens. Narrowly missing the 1,000-game milestone with 990 career games under his belt, the Russian rearguard sits sixth on the franchise’s all-time leaderboard for games played. He has also suited up for 89 postseason tilts during his time with the Habs.

Since making his NHL debut in 2000, Markov has racked up 572 regular-season points, including 119 goals. He finished his final Canadiens campaign tied with Hall-of-Famer Guy Lapointe for second place in team history for points by a defenseman, and is ranked third for goals from the back end.

Thanks for your years of playing your heart out for us, Andrei. You’ll be missed.

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Don’t look now, but the Habs are off to a hot start, going 5-0 for the first time in franchise history:

“Despite powerhouse Canadiens teams that won a record 24 Stanley Cups in their 106-year history, the previous club record for wins to start a season was only four, last accomplished in 1977-78.”

It’s early days yet. But a 25th Stanley Cup would sure look nice in the city come spring. S’all I’m saying.

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Hockey’s back, baby!

01.06.2013

The lockout has dragged 113 days and I wasn’t holding out much hope for any kind of season, shortened or otherwise. But this morning, I woke up to fresh snow outside and a shiny new agreement-in-principle that could see the NHL returning as soon as next week: Depending on when a new CBA is reached, […]

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Time to pull the plug on cable?

04.08.2012

I have been a Videotron customer for more than eight years.  I have my home phone, internet and TV service with them. In that time period, they have increased the price of my bill 14 times, for a total increase of more than $24 a month more for the same services. That’s more than a […]

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Winter of discontent

04.08.2012

How has this winter been lousy? Let us count the ways… Hockey discontentment The Habs just wrapped up their worst season in recent history. After finishing dead last in the East and the third worst team in the entire league. This season saw local favourite Mikey Cammalleri shipped off to Calgary in the middle of […]

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The seven million dollar man

10.20.2011

Scott Gomez will make $7.5 million dollars this year. Gomez is the Habs’ highest-paid player. He had 7 goals and 38 points last season. He hasn’t scored a goal in a game that counts since February 5th. Just to put that in perspective, here are some other NHLers who are making around the same amount […]

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Ouch, Habs, ouch!

10.07.2011

You know it’s gonna be a rough season for the Habs when it kicks off with a 2-0 shutout loss to the dreaded Laffs. Last night’s game was just wince-worthy. Here’s hoping we step it up against the newly-reformed Jets on Sunday.

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On Chara-gate

03.12.2011

By now, everyone in Montreal, Beantown and everywhere in between knows about the ugly hit by Zdeno Chara that landed Max Pacioretty in the hospital with a possible career-ending fractured vertebra and concussion: It still hurts to re-watch. And not just because we all know the outcome. With the news that no discipline would be […]

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Briefly

10.13.2010

The rescue of the 33 trapped Chilean miners, who have been underground for 69 days, is one of the most incredible things I have ever seen. As of right now, two of the miners have been rescued so far, in a slow and emotionally-charged process. An American federal judge has issued an injunction against the […]

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We’ll miss you, Halak

09.04.2010

Five thousand people turned up today for Halak’s farewell autograph session at Fairview. That’s about ten times the crowd that the organizers were expecting. And I hope that Gauthier – and Price – were both paying attention. Price won’t win any popularity contests if he keeps posting mediocre numbers and displaying a bad attitude. Halak […]

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