It’s been a busy week in locked-out Habsland, overseas and in Montreal. Starting off, Max Pacioretty has been released by his Swiss League team HC Ambr-Piotta due to a few nagginig injuries, according to his agent Alec Schall. “He had a couple nagging injuries — nothing that would keep him out of NHL games,” he told ESPN The Magazine. “It was not an ideal environment for therapy and workouts. We just decided it would be best to come home and do therapy and good workouts.” Pacioretty will spend a few weeks back home in Connecticut before returning to Montreal and resuming workouts with his teammates.
Meanwhile in the KHL, where defenceman Andrei Markov has been playing with Vityaz, had to clear up a few rumors this week. According to a report from RDS, Markov was quoted as saying he might stay in Russia even if the NHL and the NHLPA come to an agreement. That report was immediately shut down when Markov himself told The Gazette’s Dave Stubbs “I’d love to come back to Montreal tomorrow if there’s an (NHL) agreement today”. Additionally, in relations to staying in the KHL beyond an agreement, he is legally bound to the Montreal Canadiens for the new two seasons, meaning he would have no choice but to honor his contract, if he ever does intend to change his mind.