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No Need To Trade Evgeni Malkin

from Kevin Gorman of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

If the Pittsburgh Penguins seriously are considering a trade of Evgeni Malkin, they seriously should reconsider.

It’s that absurd of an idea.

Trading Malkin would be an emotional overreaction to a stunning sweep by the New York Islanders in the Stanley Cup playoffs and a foolhardy attempt at addition by subtraction.

The Penguins might have incentive to move Malkin because of his age (he turns 33 on July 31), his contract (three years remaining at $9.5 million per season) and especially the chance for them to maximize their window to win another Cup championship with Sidney Crosby as the centerpiece.

But they have zero leverage, as Malkin has a full no-trade clause. If the Steelers’ trade of All-Pro receiver Antonio Brown taught us anything, it’s not to expect much in return for an aging superstar who has control of where he wants to play.

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