Montreal Canadiens

Markov leaves Canadiens to sign in KHL, may play in Olympics

Andrei Markov wanted badly to play a 17th season with the Canadiens and finish his career in Montreal.

When it was clear that wouldn't happen, the veteran defenseman decided to go home to Russia and play next season in the Kontinental Hockey League. Markov hopes to represent Russia in the Olympics next February in South Korea, the first without NHL players since 1994.

"It depends on the way I'm going to play," Markov said on a conference call Thursday. "If I'm going to play well and everything, (if) I'm going to deserve to be part of the Russian team in the Olympics, I will be happy. But it's not my decision. All I can do (is) just play my game, do my best and...

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