Report: Markov, Canadiens have preliminary contract talks Staff

1/14/2014 9:44:13 AM

Defenceman Andrei Markov would like to stay with the Montreal Canadiens past this season and is ready to start talking numbers.

According to Dave Stubbs of The Montreal Gazette, preliminary talks have begun between Markov - an unrestricted free agent this summer - and general manager Marc Bergevin.

"How long that's going to be, you never know," he told the newspaper on Monday. "It's not only my decision, (but) also management, the organization. We'll see what's going to happen."

The Gazette adds that while nothing is imminent, Markov is handling the negotiations himself after recently parting ways with his agent Don Meehan of Newport Sports.

"Marc (Bergevin) is interested to talk to me but there's nothing specific now," he added. "There is nothing I can say right now."

Markov is in the final season of the three-year, $17.25 million deal he signed in June of 2011.

“Maybe I'm going to sign another contract tomorrow. Maybe in another month. We'll see,” he told The Gazette. “I'd like to stay here for the rest of my career. You can see some players in their 40s who still play. I don't want to think that far. Whatever is going to happen tomorrow will happen tomorrow.”

The 35-year-old has five goals and 24 points in 46 games with the Canadiens this season and is a plus-9.

In 730 career NHL games, Markov has 96 goals and 423 points. He's spent his entire NHL career in Montreal after being drafted 162nd overall by the Canadiens in 1998.