Habs' Markov done for season

The Montreal Canadiens announce that defenceman Andrei Markov will undergo knee surgery next week and won't return in 2010-11.

Andrei Markov's season is over.

The Montreal Canadiens announced Friday that the defenceman will undergo surgery next week to repair a meniscus and reconstruct the anterior cruciate ligament in his injured right knee, and that he won't return in 2010-11.

Noted sports surgeon Dr. James Andrews will perform the operation Wednesday in Alabama.

"We are very confident that Andrei will be able to fully recover from this injury," Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier said in a statement Friday.

Markov, 31, has been out of the lineup since hurting his knee on Nov. 13 during a game against Carolina.

He missed the first 10 games of the season while recovering from an injury to the same knee that he suffered in last spring's playoffs. That injury also required surgery.

At one time the Habs' top power-play point man, Markov recorded three points (one goal) in seven games this season.