Report: Rumors abound that Andrei Markov could miss rest of season with knee injury

While the Montreal Canadiens seem hesitant to provide more information than the fact that Andrei Markov has a “lower body injury,” some outlets indicate that the situation could be serious.

It’s important to note that this is just in the rumor phase, but Habs Inside Out passes along French-language reports from QMI that Markov could miss between eight months and a year with the knee injury. Eric Staal delivered a knee-to-knee hit that caused Markov’s latest issues.

Kevin Mio also points out that it was the same knee that bothered Markov enough to keep him out of the remainder of the Habs’ playoff games after taking a hit from Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matt Cooke.

Again, it’s not a sure thing by any means, so we’ll pass along more official word if/when Montreal addresses the situation. It wouldn’t be that shocking if the reports are proven correct, though, as Markov has been dealing with knee issues since the playoffs and seemingly cannot catch a break, health-wise.

Jason Demers tweets #FreeTorres, gets mocked

Los Angeles Kings v San Jose Sharks - Game One

Following his stunning 41-game suspension, it looks like Raffi Torres has at least one former teammate in his corner.

We haven’t yet seen how the San Jose Sharks or the NHLPA are reacting to the league’s hammer-dropping decision to punish Torres for his Torres-like hit on Jakob Silfverberg, but Jason Demers decided to put in a good word for Torres tonight.

It was a simple message: “#FreeTorres.”

Demers, now of the Dallas Stars, was once with Torres and the Sharks. (In case this post’s main image didn’t make that clear enough already.)

Perhaps this will become “a thing” at some point.

So far, it seems like it’s instead “a thing (that people are making fun of).”

… You get the idea.

The bottom line is that there are some who either a) blindly support Torres because they’re Sharks fans or b) simply think that the punishment was excessive.

The most important statement came from the Department of Player Safety, though.

Bruins list Chara on IR, for now

Zdeno Chara

Those who feel as though the Boston Bruins may rebound – John Tortorella, maybe? – likely rest some of their optimism on the back of a healthy Zdeno Chara.

It’s possible that he’s merely limping into what may otherwise be a healthy 2015-16 season, but it’s definitely looking like a slow start thanks to a lower-body injury.

The latest sign of a bumpy beginning came on Monday, as several onlookers (including’s Joe Haggerty) pointed out that Chara was listed on injured reserve.

As Haggerty notes, that move is retroactive to Sept. 24, so his status really just opens up options for the Bruins.

Still … it’s a little unsettling, isn’t it?

The Bruins likely realize that they need to transition away from their generational behemoth, but last season provided a stark suggestion that may not be ready yet. Trading Dougie Hamilton and losing Dennis Seidenberg to injury only make them more dependent on the towering 38-year-old.

This isn’t really something to panic about, yet it might leave a few extra seats open on the Bruins’ bandwagon.