Markov inks two-year deal with Rus­sian club

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS -

Long­time Mon­treal Cana­di­ens de­fence­man An­drei Markov has signed with Rus­sian club Ak Bars Kazan.

Ak Bars says the 38-year-old Markov has signed a two-year con­tract to play in the Kon­ti­nen­tal Hockey League, a week af­ter Mon­treal said it would not keep the de­fence­man for a 17th NHL sea­son. No salary de­tails were given.

The move means Markov could end play­ing at the Olympics in Fe­bru­ary.

Rus­sia is ex­pected to be the favourite for an Olympic tour­na­ment with­out NHL play­ers. It should have Ilya Ko­valchuk and Pavel Dat­syuk in its team, while Canada and the United States plan to have ros­ters made up of pro­fes­sion­als play­ing in Europe and on col­lege and ma­jor ju­nior teams.

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