One National Hockey League veteran may be getting a very harsh reality check.
For weeks now it has been rumored that the Montreal Canadiens and defenseman Andrei Markov remained relatively far apart on a deal and recently reports leaked suggesting that Markov was asking for at least a two-year contract with an average annual value of $6 million or more per season.
Needless to say that Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin balked at that request and instead opted to let Markov walk as a free agent, and Bergevin's decision may be paying off big time.
According to a report from Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports, Markov's camp does not expect to get a deal done today, and now we may know why. NHL analyst Brian Wilde is now reporting that Markov has received no offers from rival NHL teams given his elevated demands, and now is being forced to "reassess" his value to the NHL market.
It's a harsh reality check for a defenseman who's performance has very much declined in recent years, something everyone but Markov appears to have noticed.