NHL notebook: Markov, Hagman on hold

Andrei Markov said he was happy to be back with the team after rehabbing from surgery last...

Andrei Markov said he was happy to be back with the team after rehabbing from surgery last December. (QMI Agency)

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Although he trained with his teammates for a second consecutive day, defenceman Andrei Markov has not set a date for his return to the Montreal Canadiens lineup.

"Next question," Markov said Tuesday when asked for a timetable.

He said he was happy to be back with the team after rehabbing from surgery last December on his right knee -- his second such procedure within a year.

"(But) I wasn't happy with my progress for a long time to be honest with you," Markov said.

"Believe me, it wasn't easy -- it's still not easy. I'd obviously rather be playing."

THUMBS DOWN FOR STAR

Alex Goligoski, a key member of the Dallas Stars power play, was placed on injured reserve Tuesday with as broken thumb.

The 26-year-old, who has two goals and four assists, leads the team in power-play ice time and is averaging more than 21 minutes a game overall,

He is expected to be out for four weeks.

Stars forward Steve Ott is likely to return to the lineup Friday after missing six games with a hip injury.

HAGMAN ON HOLD

Niklas Hagman practised Tuesday with the Anaheim Ducks but won't be in action for a few more days while clearing up work-visa issues.

The left winger was claimed Monday by the Ducks from Calgary via re-entry waivers, after getting one goal and three assists in eight games with the Flames.

"I felt like I had a really good pre-season -- the start of the year went well," Hagman, 32, told the Orange County Register.

"I was kind of out of their future plans, so it was tough to be on the sidelines watching games, but I'm confident when I get a chance I'll help the team get some wins."


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