Bergevin on Markov: "You hope he stays healthy"

Posted By: Chantal Desjardins · 10/3/2012 7:04:00 PM

The Hamilton Bulldogs end the Sherbrooke portion of training camp tonight with an intersquad game. And for a lot of AHL hopefuls,it will be the last chance to make an impression before the team makes it's first round of cuts.

Habs management has been taking in much of camp (with the NHL lockout underway, I guess they have some spare time on their hands). Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin was at tonight's game and says he likes what he's seen so far.

"Yesterday the pace I thought was very good from the beginning to the end. Guys were skating, finishing their checks, even a fight...so guys are into it. Early on, it's nice to see."

Habs defenceman Andrei Markov is the latest Russian player to head to the KHL, signing a lockout contract with Vityaz Chekhov.

The 33-year old signed a 3 year 17.25 million dollar contract two summers ago, but missed 133 regular season games and all of the 2011 playoffs with a knee injury. Bergevin says while it could be good for him to stay game-ready, the hope is that Markov doesn't get hurt while playing overseas.

"You hope he stays healthy, but it could be good for him at the end of the day. And again, it's really out of our control right now but hopefully everything will workout."

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