The Montreal Canadiens
announced Friday that defenseman Andrei Markov
will undergo knee surgery on Dec. 8 and will not return this season. The surgery, to repair a meniscus and reconstruct the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, will be performed in Alabama by Dr. James Andrews.
"We are very confident that Andrei will be able to fully recover from this injury," Canadiens' General Manager Pierre Gauthier said in a statement.
The 31-year old Russian defenseman suffered a knee injury during the Canadiens' game against Carolina at the Bell Centre on Nov, 13 and has missed the team's last nine games. Markov had 1 goal and 2 assists in seven games with the Canadiens this season. He missed the first 10 games of the season due to a knee injury suffered in Game 1 of Montreal's Eastern Conference Semifinal series against Pittsburgh on April 30.