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Habs’ Markov undergoes third knee surgery in 18 months, out 4-6 weeks

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Montreal GM Pierre Gauthier told Monday that defenseman Andrei Markov underwent arthroscopic surgery to remove debris in his right knee. The surgery — performed by Dr. James Andrews — was deemed a success and the club said Markov’s recovery will be 4-6 weeks.

This most recent operation was to clean up debris from Markov’s second ACL reconstruction surgery, performed on Dec. 8, 2010. That operation was required after the original surgery — performed May 19, 2010 — didn’t properly fix the damaged ligament.

Needless to say, there’s speculation in and around the Canadiens organization that Markov’s knee might prevent him from coming back at all. He’s 32 years old and missed 139 of Montreal’s last 191 regular season games — so in additional to a surgically-reconstructed knee, Markov will have to shake off a large amount of rust.

That said, some optimism here from NHL correspondent Arpon Basu:


Sharks name Pavelski captain; Thornton, Couture alternates

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Joe Pavelski is the new captain of the San Jose Sharks. The club made the announcement today via Twitter.

The former captain, Joe Thornton, will be an alternate captain, along with Logan Couture.

Pavelski, 31, was the Sharks’ leading scorer last season, finishing with 37 goals and 33 assists. He’s also signed through 2018-19, so giving him the ‘C’ makes sense from a long-term stability perspective.

Couture, 26, is also signed through 2018-19, while Thornton, 36, only has two years left on his contract.

The Sharks had four alternate captains (Thornton, Pavelski, Patrick Marleau and Marc-Edouard Vlasic) in 2014-15, but no captain.

Related: DeBoer says Sharks will have a captain next season

After PTO, Upshall signs one-year deal with Blues

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Scottie Upshall has parlayed his training camp tryout into a contract with St. Louis.

On Monday, the Blues agreed to a one-year, two-way deal with the veteran forward, worth $700,000 at the NHL level. The deal comes after Upshall spent all of training camp and the preseason impressing the Blues his speed and skating ability, no small feat for a 31-year-old veteran with over 500 NHL games on his odometer.

But where Upshall fits in the Blues lineup — and within the organization — remains to be seen.

The club has plenty of depth up front and Upshall isn’t coming off a terrific campaign, having scored just eight goals and 15 points in 63 games with Florida last season. That said, he showed enough to be just one of a handful of veterans on PTOs to score a contract.