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by Paul on 08/13/13 at 07:17 AM ET
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
Where it gets interesting is when Papa Malkin says that another team, the Dallas Stars, offered his son a contract.
“You know, Dallas offered him a greater deal than the Pittsburgh. And he said, ‘No, I do not want to go there.’ The Stars had signed Sergei Gonchar. His best friend is out there playing. Why not agree?
“And Geno said he wasn’t torn about not going to Dallas. He didn’t want to change houses. ‘I’m used to Pittsburgh, the city and the team,’ he said.”
Now the thing is, this has to be some kind of misunderstanding. Malkin is currently under contract with the Penguins, and the eight-year, $76 million extension he signed this summer kicks in after next season. So there wasn’t a window during which the Stars could legally have talked to Malkin, let alone offered him a contract.
added 10:55am, from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
I have calls into the Stars and the NHL, and expect some type of response today
The guess is the Stars have had no contact with Malkin or his agent, and this is just a misunderstanding with Malkin’s father. But the NHL takes tampering seriously, and will probably at least make a few phone calls to see what happened.
read on for the interview with Malkin's father...
added 3:54pm, via Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
I talked to Jim Nill today, and he read me this statement about the quote from Evgeni Malkin’s father that the Stars somehow made a contract offer to Malkin even though he was under contract to the Pittsburgh Penguins. That would be tampering under the NHL’s rules.
Here is Nill’s statement:
“We have seen the reports that have surfaced out of Russia claiming that we have tampered and they are completely untrue. The Dallas Stars organization respects and adheres to all rules and regulations set forth by the National Hockey League and any report that claims otherwise is false.”
In talking to the NHL, one source said policy is to investigate these situations only if an aggrieved party believes a rule was broken. At this time, the NHL does not appear to be investigating.
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