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Habs cut ties with Markov after 16 years

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(TSX / STATS) -- The Montreal Canadiens will not re-sign 16-year veteran defenseman Andrei Markov, the team announced Thursday.

Markov's 119 goals are third-best among Canadiens defensemen. The 38-year-old Russian also recorded 453 assists in 990 career NHL games, with his point total (572) tied with Guy Lapointe for second among franchise defensemen.

"On behalf of the entire organization, I would like to thank Andrei for his great contributions during his 16 seasons as a proud member of the Montreal Canadiens," Canadiens president Geoff Molson said.

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