Today is November 15th. Andrei Markov was injured two days ago, and with that 48 hour span, numerous media outlets have reported various lengths of time that Markov would be out.
RDS was on the story first, reporting that Markov would be sidelined for at least three months due to a re-aggravation of his surgically repaired right knee, the injury that he returned from last week, almost six months after injuring it when he was hit by Matt Cooke during the Habs-Pens series.
...if you thought that was bad, you probably shouldn't continue reading.
According to Habsinsideout.com, Agence QMI (citing reliable sources) is now saying that Markov could be done for the year. Yes, the entire season...let that sink in for a second.
Nothing is confirmed at this point, but if these reports are in fact right, Markov would need between eight months and a year to recover from this setback. Do the math, folks-that means that at if worse comes to absolute worst, Markov might only return to action this time next season. Assuming he's even still with the Habs next year; Markov is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of this year, and no doubt this latest major injury will put any long-term contract negotiations between Pierre Gauthier and Andrei Markov's agent to the side for the time being.
Tomorrow I'll preview/recap the Habs vs. Flyers game, as well as go further into the Markov situation: his future with the club, his supposed proneness to injury, and the potential routes the Habs can take to deal with his absence, be it three months or the entire year.