Markov out for rest of season

Canadiens defenceman Andrei Markov falls to the ice after being injured during against the...

Canadiens defenceman Andrei Markov falls to the ice after being injured during against the Hurricanes in Montreal on November 13, 2010. (SHAUN BEST/Reuters)

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Defenceman Andrei Markov will have knee surgery on Wednesday and will miss the rest of the season, the Montreal Canadiens confirmed Friday.

Surgery to repair a meniscus and reconstruct the anterior cruciate ligament will be performed in Alabama by doctor James Andrews.

"We are very confident that Andrei will be able to fully recover from this injury," Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier said.

Markov, 31, hurt his right knee during a game Nov. 13 against Carolina at the Bell Centre.

He had one goal and two assists in seven games with the Canadiens this season. He missed the first 10 games, Oct. 7-29, because of an injury to the same knee, suffered on April 30.

Meanwhile, coach Jacques Martin is mulling whether P.K. Subban or Yannick Weber would be a healthy scratch Saturday against the San Jose Sharks.

Subban is a rising talent but had a poor game against Edmonton on Wednesday, paving the way for Weber to replace him against New Jersey the following day. Weber recorded 14 solid minutes with an assist and six shots on goal.

Weber, talking to reporters at the Habs practice facility near Montreal, said he's just trying to make the most of his chance.

"I think I did well, but it's the coaches' decision," the 22-year old native of Switzerland said.

A few stalls down, Subban was far from his usual gregarious, talkative self. He said he was happy about the team's 5-1 win against the Devils, even though he watched the game from the team's box. Subban was honest about the defensive lapses he had made in the 4-3 loss to Edmonton and said he'll step it up if Martin calls his number on Saturday.

"I know what I have to do on the ice," he said. "Now all I have to do is wait for my chance."

While Subban has slumped recently following a hot start, Martin said the Toronto-born defenceman was not being punished. Martin preferred to say Subban was being kept out of the lineup as "a step in the learning process."

Subban said he gets the message.

"It's normal to be left aside from time to time," said Subban, who's in his first full NHL season. "I'm still only a green rookie."


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