Updates on the Canadiens contract talks with Andrei Markov and Brian Gionta, plus the latest on the Canucks, Oilers and Flames. 

The Canadiens may be close to re-signing Andrei Markov.

The Canadiens may be close to re-signing Andrei Markov.

LA PRESSE: Richard Labbe reports Andrei Markov’s agent Sergei Berezin claims negotiations with the Montreal Canadiens may be close to a new contract for his client. Talks are expected to resume this week and Berezin is optimistic a deal could be reached. Labbe reports term was the main issue between the two sides, give Markov’s age (35). The Canadiens aren’t commenting on contract negotiations.

RDS.CA: Agent Steve Bartlett, who represents Canadiens captain Brian Gionta, said he’s met with Canadiens management, who have expressed interest in re-signing his client.

VANCOUVER SUN: Former Penguins coach Dan Bylsma is “definitely” on the radar of Canucks GM Jim Benning.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Analysis of Boyd Gordon’s faceoff skills with the Oilers this season.

CALGARY HERALD: The Flames have opted not to renew the contracts of minor league coaches Troy Ward and Robbie Ftorek.