In an interview with Le Journal de Montreal’s Jonathan Bernier, released late this past Thursday, Andrei Markov voiced his displeasure at not coming to terms with the Montreal Canadiens on a contract extension this past summer that would’ve allowed him to play a 17th season in their uniform and surpass the 1,000-game mark in the NHL. Markov and wife Sonya Sonechka were outspoken on the breakdown of negotiations with the Canadiens that ultimately led him to sign a two-year deal with AK Bars Kazan of the KHL. The very mention of Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin’s name got a rise out of Sonechka, according to Bernier. “Don’t even talk to me about him,” she said. “It’s a very delicate subject for me. I have my opinion on it, but I’m better off keeping it to myself. “The Canadiens were Andrei’s family and Montreal was his home. When people ask him where he’s from, he tells them he’s from Voskresensk (Russia) but his home is in Montreal.” When Markov’s former agent, Sergei Berezin, was decertified by the NHLPA Markov elected to represent himself in negotiations with the Canadiens.
Andrei Markov felt disrespected by Canadiens’ Bergevin
Sportsnet | Dec 8