Andrei Markov ready to return to Russia, young Oilers hope to make the most of the NHL lockout, Alexander Burmistrov stays with Jets AHL affiliate, and Flames still seeking roster grit.


Markov awaits offer from KHL.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov admits he’s prepared to head to Russia if he gets a good offer from a KHL team. Markov is keen to get back to playing after spending the past two seasons hampered by knee injuries.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Markov does play in the KHL this season, here’s hoping it’ll be a significant step forward in his attempt to re-start his playing career. 

NATIONAL POST: Young Edmonton Oilers like Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle hope to make the most of the NHL lockout by playing with the club’s AHL affiliate in Oklahoma.

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Jets forward Alexander Burmistrov is toeing the party line by claiming the Jets management believes he’d be better off with the club’s AHL affiliate in St. John’s during the lockout.

CALGARY HERALD: Flames GM Jay Feaster was unable to add more grit to his lineup via trade or free agency before the CBA expired, and now hopes to find what he’s looking for within his system.