Earlier this afternoon, Andrei Markov held a conference call with the Montreal media to discuss a plethora of topics including his future and his negotiations with the Canadiens.
According to various reports, the 38-year-old defenseman had been asking for a two-year contract worth $5.75 million per season, but the Habs were not interested in meeting those demands.
Markov confirmed that he was seeking a two-year contract at the start of talks with the Marc Bergevin to ensure security for his family, but eventually he was ready to accept a one-year deal in order to remain in Montreal. Unfortunately for Markov, the two sides could not reach an agreement on money that satisfied them both.
Certainly sounds that Marc Bergevin was ready to move on from Markov after 16 seasons in a Canadiens sweater.
"I was ready to stay in Montreal, I was ready and willing to sign a one-year deal. It didn't work" - Andrei Markov. Boom goes the dynamite.— Аrpon Basu (@ArponBasu) July 27, 2017