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by George Malik on 09/05/06 at 01:36 AM ET
Mr. Malkin, who has spent the past several weeks in Los Angeles after leaving his Russian Super League team during preseason training in Finland, will sign the contract before a 10 a.m. news conference today at Mellon Arena. He arrived at Pittsburgh International Airport last night after flying across the country with one of his agents, Pat Brisson. Speaking through an interpreter, Mr. Malkin told reporters near the baggage-claim area that, "I'm very pleased to arrive here," and said he was looking forward to meeting franchise icon/owner Mario Lemieux.
In accordance with Russian labor law, Mr. Malkin exercised his option to sever ties with an employer by giving two weeks' written notice to Magnitogorsk, but it is not known if those regulations also allow him to ply his trade with the employer of his choice. While there are indications that Magnitogorsk has all but abandoned the idea of trying to have Mr. Malkin forced to play for it this winter, the team is expected to seek monetary compensation for surrendering his rights.Despite the assertions of various legal experts, legal precidents are stacked against Magnitogorsk. They'll appeal for compensation with the backing of the Russian Hockey Federation. much more
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