December 06, 2011
Since the second round of the 2010 playoffs, Montreal Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov(notes) has only played in seven games due to several operations. He seemed close to returning last week but then the team decided Saturday that he needed "debris removed from his right knee," so now the 32-year-old is out another four to six weeks after having surgery Monday, according to TSN.ca.
The last time Markov played a full season, back in 2008-09, he scored 12 goals and had 52 assists.
Staal, by the way, is also the last guy to make contact with another player who hasn't played in a while: his brother, New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal(notes), who has been out since early October with concussion-like symptoms.