Andrei Markov continues to undergo testing

andreimarkov.jpgWhile Jaroslav Halak seemed to find his Superman cape again yesterday against Pittsburgh, there’s little doubt that the Montreal Canadiens would love to get their best defenseman Andrei Markov back as soon as possible. The talented blueliner suffered an injury from a Matt Cooke hit in Game 1 and reports that he’ll continue to undergo testing on his “lower body” injury.

The Montreal Canadiens announced Monday that defenceman Andrei Markov will undergo more testing to re-evaluate his “lower body” injury.

Markov was hurt in Game 1 of the team’s Eastern Conference semi-final series against the Pittsburgh Penguins. He returned to Montreal immediately following the game and was listed as out indefinitely.

Markov’s season already was plagued by injuries as he missed 35 games with a lacerated foot. When healthy, Markov is among the league’s best point producing defensemen and is a bit underrated overall. Despite the rave reviews that rookie P.K. Subban, Hal Gill and Josh Gorges are receiving, the Canadiens are still depending heavily on Halak. Getting Markov back would greatly enhance the Habs’ giant-killing potential.

We’ll let you know more about Markov’s situation as news trickles in.

Flames release Ryan Wilson from PTO

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The Calgary Flames have released Ryan Wilson from his professional tryout.

The 28-year-old was trying to make a comeback after missing 79 games with a shoulder injury last season.

Even with T.J. Brodie sidelined because of a broken hand, Wilson still faced long odds to make the final roster.

The veteran will be hard-pressed to find NHL work with another team.

He hasn’t suited up in more than 12 regular season games since 2011-12.

The Stockton Heat, Calgary’s AHL affiliate, also made some news on Sunday.

The club announced that they’ve signed Colton Orr to an AHL contract.

The 33-year-old tough guy suited up in just one game for the Toronto Maple Leafs last season. He has 12 seasons of NHL experience under his belt.

‘Yotes return Dylan Strome to OHL

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The Arizona Coyotes have returned Dylan Strome to the Erie Otters of the OHL.

Strome, 18, was the third overall pick in the 2015 NHL draft.

The 6’3, 185 pounder was hoping to stick with the Coyotes this season, but the team decided to take the conservative approach with their top prospect.

Strome will look to build off an incredible junior season that saw him score 45 goals and 129 points in 68 games.

Strome seems to be taking the demotion in stride.

The team also announced that they’ve assigned goaltender Louis Domingue and forward Matthias Plachta to their AHL affiliate in Springfield.

Domingue, 23, had a 1-2-1 record with a 2.73 goals-against-average and a .911 save percentage in seven games last season.

Plachta, a free agent signing, will begin his first pro season in North America. The 24-year-old had 14 goals and 35 points in the German League last season.