The new NHL CBA will not become official untiil the NHLPA ratifies it, a process that won’t be completed until Saturday. For a few NHLer’s, including Canadiens defenceman Andrei Markov, it’s an opportunity to legally squeeze and extra game or two before the Sunday opening of NHL training camps.
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Alexei Emelin, Andrei Markov and Lars Eller all hit the scoresheet as their teams won games in Russia and Finland on Wednesday. In North America Scott Gomez had a goal and assist as Alaska won it’s sixth in a row.
Andrei Markov has had a lot of trouble finding the offensive component of his game since he joined Vityaz Chekhov of the Kontinental Hockey League. In his 12th game with Vityaz Monday he finally contributed on the scoresheet in a 5-3 win at Astana Kazakhstan. Markov was also involved in a late game fight.
Lars Eller was the brightest light as six of the group of seven Canadiens playing in Europe on Friday night. Eller notched two more assists as Jyväskylä beat Helsinki in Finland’s SM-Liiga. Meanwhile in the Swiss League Raphael Diaz ran his point scoring streak to eight games with a goal and an assist for Zug.
Andrei Markov finally returned to the Vityaz lineup Wednesday. He was one of two members of the locked out Canadiens to see action
While Andrei Markov remained on the sidelines with his rib problem, locked out members of the Canadiens played in Prague, Finlad plus Lugano and Zug Switzerland on Tuesday..
Two members of the Canadiens made their season debut in Europe Friday, Lars Eller with JYP Jyväskylä in Finland and David Desharnais with Fribourg in the Swiss National League.
On October 26th Andrei Markov suffered what was called “bruised ribs” following a mid-ice collision. Three weeks later Markov was still unavailable for Chekhov’s game at Minsk Belarus Wednesday.
Tomas Plekanec turned in his biggest night of the season as Kladno won in the Czech Extraliga Friday night.. Alexei Emelin helps Ak-Bars to a shutout win. David Desharnais signs with Fribourg of the Swiss National League. Bulldogs lose in a shootout.
With Andrei Markov out of the Chekhov lineup with a rib injury, only one member of the Canadiens saw action Monday in Europe. Alexei Emelin was part of Kazan’s victory over Atlant.