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Andrei Markov's veteran presence would help improve the Oilers' blue line.
It is no secret that the group of defenders in Edmonton needs a significant upgrade. Andrei Markov is 35, so his age alone should be a bit of a worry for whatever team decides to pursue the talented Russian defender.
However, his addition would certainly be an upgrade for the Edmonton Oilers.
Markov’s foot speed and defensive game may not be exactly what the Oilers need, but the addition of Markov would be extremely beneficial to a young offensive defender like Justin Schultz, whom the Oilers will look to secure for the long term.
Markov has proven that he still has the ability to orchestrate a power play and is a significant contributor from the back end.
Considering the potential young defenders who could be promoted from within in Edmonton, Markov would be an excellent mentor.
He is coming off a three-year $17.25 million contract with the Montreal Canadiens and will want a deal with some term, which may scare some teams away from his services.
If Edmonton can acquire Markov for a decent dollar amount and something around two years—perhaps with a third-year option—this would be a good signing for the club.