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Morning Line- Evgeni Malkin

“You lose confidence, and you start (to) think too much, I (started) to think too much. And when I start to think too much, I start to get mad at everyone.”

“I think my head starts, like, (getting) crazy. I fight with Sully. I fight with teammates. A little bit upset at everyone.”

-Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins on last season.  Rob Rossi of The Athletic (paid) has more.

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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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Trade Evgeni Malkin?

from Mark Madden at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Last week, GM Jim Rutherford would not commit to keeping Evgeni Malkin in a Penguins uniform for the rest of his NHL career.

It’s not a bluff. It’s not fake news. The Penguins are willing to trade Malkin. That’s for two reasons:

• The Penguins are very unhappy with Malkin’s performance this past season and with his attitude.

Malkin averaged more than a point per game but was a team-worst minus-25 , made a team-high 84 turnovers and had a team-most 89 penalty minutes. He too often dangled pointlessly and frequently made mistakes at both blue lines. Malkin scored just 21 goals, his fewest in a nonlockout year besides 2010-11, when a knee injury ended his season after 43 games (and 15 goals).

Malkin was insubordinate to Coach Mike Sullivan on one documented occasion. He shows zero inclination to fix his errors. Malkin wants to play as he likes.


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Video- Why Evgeni Malkin Is Listed As Week-To-Week

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A Salute To Evgeni Malkin

from Matt Larkin of The Hockey News,

It was positively poetic to see Evgeni Malkin record career point No. 1,000 on the same night – in the same game – Alex Ovechkin notched No. 1,200 and earned an embrace from Sidney Crosby for it. No matter what Malkin seems to accomplish, it happens under the gargantuan shadow cast by two generational talents.

Malkin must understand what it felt like to be Dale Hawerchuk, who piled up 100-point seasons in the 1980s while Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux ruled the universe. Hawerchuk ripped off 752 points across 559 games in his first seven seasons – and walked away with one second-team all-star nod, while his Calder Trophy was an award Lemieux and Gretzky were obviously not eligible to win in 1981-82.

And yet, comparing Malkin to the Hall of Famer Hawerchuk doesn’t even do Malkin justice. He’s not just an elite player dwarfed by two legends. Malkin is one of the greatest players in NHL history. We spend oodles of ink describing the accomplishments of Crosby and Ovechkin, and they deserve all the praise they get, but let’s shed some light on career Pittsburgh Penguin ‘Geno’ today in honor of his 1,000th point.


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Video- Evgeni Malkin Suspended One Game

For high-sticking.


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GIF- That’s A Match Penalty For Evgeni Malkin

added 9:45pm, another angle below.

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Evgeni Malkin’s Slump

from Jonathan Bombulie of the Pittsburgh Tribune,

Evgeni Malkin has one goal, three assists and a minus-9 rating in his past nine games. He has scored one even-strength goal in his last 20 games. He was a minus-4 in Wednesday’s 6-3 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks.

“Geno tends to be a streaky guy, and sometimes all it takes is one goal and then he’s off to building momentum again,” coach Mike Sullivan said optimistically. “I think part of it is just simplifying his whole overall game. If he does that, he’s going to be fine.”

What does Sullivan mean when he says Malkin needs to simplify his game?

“Slowing his skating down and supporting the breakout. Stopping on pucks. When he has an opportunity to shoot the puck, shoot the puck. Don’t look for the next play,” Sullivan said. “We think he’ll come out of it.”

Malkin’s longtime teammates came to his defense after morning skate as well.

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GIF- Evgeni Malkin’s Match Penalty

5 for illegal check to the head and a match penalty.



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It’s A Fine Kind Of Day For Dustin Brown And Evgeni Malkin



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Videos- A Bit Of Nastiness Last Night In The NHL

Dustin Brown received a game misconduct for boarding last night.



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Video- HNIC Feature On Evgeni Malkin

Well worth the 6 1/2 minutes to watch.

via Sportsnet's youTube page,

Hockey Night in Canada takes a look at Evgeni Malkin, who talks about adapting to life in the United States after being drafted and jokes about being left off the NHL Top 100 players list.`


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Evgeni Malkin, The Playoff Performer

from Bruce Arthur of the Toronto Star,

Jake Guentzel for the Conn Smythe, people are saying. The kid who specializes in goal-scoring and short sentences scored the winner in Games 1 and 2 of the Stanley Cup final, and the Pittsburgh winger leads all scorers with 12 goals in 21 playoff games, despite going eight games without one. He’s doing well, the Guentzel kid. Nice year.

Which is, in some small inexact way, a typical story of Evgeni Malkin’s hockey life. Only Sidney Crosby and Peter Forsberg have outpaced him in points per game in the last 20 years; the only active players who have scored more goals per game are Alexander Ovechkin, Steven Stamkos and Crosby by a whisker. Malkin’s omission alone rendered the NHL’s Greatest 100 Players list a farce.

Oh, and he leads the NHL in playoff scoring, with nine goals and 17 assists in 21 games, and goals in each of the first two games of the final. In Game 2 he concluded Pittsburgh’s third-period blitz by taking a puck along the boards, flying down the ice and releasing a precise, wrist-flick shot that beat a shrinking Pekka Rinne by a mile, right at the intersection of the crossbar and post and in. A beast.

“I think his play speaks for itself,” said Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan. “He’s one of those guys that we have on our team that has the ability to make a difference in one or two shifts. You saw that last night. Although I thought he competed hard most of the night, the goal he scored is a goal-scorer’s goal.”

It’s not like Malkin is ignored. But his career has been a fascinating study, if for no other reason than the only clearly better player of the era is on his team.


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Sidney Crosby And Evgeni Malkin Can Dominate The Series

from Tal Pinchevsy at ESPN,

For decades now, it's been the calling card for many of the most dominant teams: two all-world centers carrying their club.

Gretzky-Messier. Lemieux-Francis. Sakic-Forsberg. The Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup twice in three seasons with Anze Kopitar and Jeff Carter patrolling the middle.

Beginning with the Pittsburgh Penguins meeting the Nashville Predators in Game 1 of the 2017 Stanley Cup Final on Monday (8 p.m. ET) at PPG Paints Arena, Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin have the chance to be immortalized as part of that group. Having captured the Stanley Cup twice as teammates and accumulated two Conn Smythe trophies, three Hart Memorial trophies and four scoring titles between them, each has already secured his respective place in the Hall of Fame.

But ask either superstar what motivates him, and each will inevitably take a moment to give a nod to the other.

"When he's out there, when he's going, you want to follow that up," Crosby said of Malkin. "It gives you confidence as a player when you see someone out there with that capability, because I don't think you put as much pressure on yourself knowing that this guy is capable of changing the game with one play."


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Connor McDavid kicks a goal in his own net

Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins scored the easiest goal of his career as Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers accidentally kicked the puck into his own net:

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Fight night in Winnipeg

The Winnipeg Jets and Pittsburgh Penguins engaged in a pair of fights last night, with Evgeni Malkin fighting Blake Wheeler and Tom Sestito fighting Chris Thorburn:

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The Evgeni Malkin Hit On Blake Wheeler

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

For what it’s worth, and it’s not much, I didn't like the Malkin hit on Wheeler. I like to think I like hitting in hockey as much as anyone, but Malkin's hit struck me as unnecessary. The puck was gone. Outside of fulfilling the time-worn “finish your check” mantra or protecting the sky-is-falling chorus of “there's going to be no hitting in the game,” I'm not sure what purpose Malkin's hit served, especially weighed against the contact to Wheeler's head.

But I have also come to realize everyone's threshold for this type of hit is different, and if the GMs on opposite sides of the debate haven't figured it out yet, I don't like our chances for resolving it here today.

I get that Jets fans are angry, and I wouldn't want to be dismissive of them, though let's be honest: How many of them would be outraged if it had been Wheeler who hit Malkin in that fashion?

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Video- Evgeni Malkin Hit On Blake Wheeler

Two minute interference call on Malkin plus two for roughing in the dust up.


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Video- You Make The Call

Evgeni Malkin's 3rd goal in the 2nd period in tonight's game against the Washington Capitals.


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Morning Line- Evgeni Malkin


Game 6 is in Tampa tomorrow night. Pens need a win there to have a game 7 home game.

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Penguins Need A Better Evgeni Malkin

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

The Pittsburgh Penguins solved one piece of the puzzle in Game 2 when Sidney Crosby broke through with his first goal in eight games.

The focus now shifts to starting up their other superstar.

Evgeni Malkin, a former Conn Smythe Trophy winner, has been on a milk carton for most of the postseason. He hasn’t registered a point in six consecutive games, dating back to Game 2 of the second round against Washington.

Malkin has mostly been marginalized in these Stanley Cup playoffs, save for a four-point explosion in Game 4 against the Rangers in Round 1. He doesn’t look anything like the force he was against New York — and he’s starting to feel the heat.

“It’s every playoffs,” Malkin said Monday. “You win. Or you lose and you’re not scoring. It’s always pressure, but it’s life.”


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All Evgeni Malkin, Russian Style

from Oeg Mezherytskyi of Sovsport.ru (roughly translated),

- Eugene, you've missed five weeks. What is your physical condition?

- Of course, not the best. The more we lose. But the feeling is pretty good. Of course, hard to roll in after a month break. Not a good game. But there is something to think about. Work to do.

- And what was missing? Catania? Hands?

- It's all left in place. There is another question. When the puck came, it was necessary to make lightning decisions. The game in the playoffs has changed, become much faster. And lose thinking on the ice. There is no certainty as before. And it happens that when the puck comes, it should hold. But I'm in a hurry ...

Olden skills will come back from match to match. And I do not say I played bad.

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Video- Evgeni Malkin Injury Needs Further Evaluation


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Afternoon Line- Evgeni Malkin

“Now we are starting to believe that we can win every game. We have a great team. We started playing better. I believe that we will make the playoffs.”

-Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins.   More from Malkin by Sam Kasan of the Pens website.

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All Evgeni Malkin

from Kristina Rutherford of Sportsnet,

Growing up in Magnitogorsk, Russia, what was your childhood like?

It was a regular life. I have a brother, and lots of friends on my street. I spent time in school, went to practice, came back home, did my homework. I spent most of my time on my street with my friends; we played soccer, we played hockey, we played basketball, we played everything. Same routine every day. That was life. I was not focused only on hockey—I enjoyed my life with friends and family.

I heard a funny story about your first pair of skates.

Yeah. I don’t remember, but my father says that when I was little and I didn’t have skates, he gave me his. His size was way bigger than mine: I was five and he was 30. [Laughs.] He gave me his speedskates and I tried them and I remember they were huge. My feet were moving inside, but it was fun. After that they bought me new ones.

You make skating look easy.

No, it’s not easy. [Laughs.] It’s all practice. You work hard on your game, so sometimes it looks easy, but it’s not.


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Video- Boone Jenner Hit On Evgeni Malkin

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

At 7:03 of the second, Jenner and Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin made partial contact with their legs as they crossed paths high in the Blue Jackets’ zone. Jenner kept his feet, but Malkin hit the ice and writhed in pain, his head wrenched back and his arms clutching his left knee in agony. A dust-up ensued.

Replays showed Jenner did not extend his left knee to catch Malkin. To the contrary, he turned slightly to his right and appeared to stick out his left shoulder in anticipation of a hit that never came. Their legs brushed as they passed, with the side of Jenner's left leg brushing the lower part of Malkin's left leg.

A few seconds later, Malkin was up and skating under his own power. He returned to take a dramatic test-drive near the end of a TV timeout amid cheers of "Geno!" He finished the game, and was the best player on the ice.

Tortorella was incredulous when a Pittsburgh reporter asked him post-game if he anticipated any further discipline for Jenner from the NHL.

“(Malkin) got up, didn’t he?” Tortorella said. “It’s like he was dead, and then he was out the next shift.”

Tortorella stopped short of saying Malkin was faking it. Asked if he was surprised that Malkin, given his initial response, was able to return to the game and dominate, Jenner said: "I don't think (the hit) was too hard."

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Video- A Beauty Of A Goal By Evgeni Malkin

Steal and a backhand.



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Finding A Winger For Evgeni Malkin

from Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Whether it's unhappiness or frustration from a season that fell short of lofty expectations, the Penguins are committed to ensuring neither is applicable to Evgeni Malkin in 2015-16.

The NHL Draft is in seven days. Few expect general manager Jim Rutherford to stand pat. Instead, look for at least one significant move while the Penguins consider this question: How can they get the most out of Malkin?

Rutherford has acknowledged he will prioritize finding Malkin a regular winger. He's also open to the idea that it could be a Russian player, a luxury not afforded to Malkin in the past.

Meanwhile, the Penguins must decide what to do about Malkin's former landlord, Sergei Gonchar, who will be an unrestricted free agent July 1.

The Penguins are not unhappy with Malkin, nor should they be viewed as catering to him. It's Business 101. They want to maximize production from an incredibly valuable asset.

How they can accomplish this has several layers:

• For the sake of argument, let's say Malkin was unhappy at the end of the season. The problem here would be?

Failing to win or score at the most crucial point of an injury-marred season would anger most hockey players. The same goes for sharing shifts with Andrew Ebbett, Mark Arcobello and Rob Klinkhammer because you don't have an adequate, or regular, running mate.


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How About Evgeni Malkin To The St. Louis Blues?

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

The former Hart Trophy winner does have a complete no-trade clause, so he can veto any move, but the Penguins should be listening to all pitches on Malkin.

They need help, and right now. He’s their best bargaining chip.

Evander Kane, a very good winger but no all-star, fetched the Winnipeg Jets top-three defender Tyler Myers, second-line winger Drew Stafford, and two strong prospects in Joel Armia and Brendan Lemieux. Surely, Malkin can get more than that.

Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford should call up St. Louis Blues counterpart Doug Armstrong, who may be looking to shake things up with his core, and ask about T.J. Oshie, David Backes and draft picks for Malkin.

Backes would be the Ryan Kesler-type second-line centre with Oshie on his wing and Patric Hornqvist could still play with Sidney Crosby on the first line. And the Penguins badly need draft picks after giving way too many away in their desire to keep current and play for the Stanley Cup now, acquiring the likes of Jarome Iginla and Marian Hossa in their failed recent runs.

Malkin, meanwhile, could play with Vladimir Tarasenko in St. Louis.

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Should The Penguins Consider Trading Evgeni Malkin?

via Sportsnet (listen to the audio),

Sportsnet NHL Insider Elliotte Freidman joined Boomer & Rhett on the SN960 morning show Monday, and said the Penguins should at least consider trading superstar forward Evgeni Malkin this off-season.

“If you can get two or three pieces including a guy that can play with Crosby, don’t you have to think about it? At what point do you say yeah, we won the Stanley Cup, but that was six years ago? These two guys together make $18.2 million, and we keep losing in the playoffs because we don’t have enough support pieces.

“There are teams that could pull it off. I’m looking at a Florida, a Nashville, a team with young assets that could do this. I’m not saying if you’re the Penguins you should do it 100 per cent, but I’m saying you really have to sit down and think about it.”

Friedman adds that even the Calgary Flames could be in a position to trade for Malkin if in fact both sides were so inclined.

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Evgeni Malkin On The Recent Play Of The Pittsburgh Penguins

from Jenn Menendez of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Evgeni Malkin did not mince words Friday in a frank assessment of the Penguins.

“We play so bad right now. It’s true. Not just one guy, the whole team,” said Malkin. “Not fun [to] watch, you know. Last game I think [was the] worst game all season. It’s not fun to watch it.”

He also said he is sure the Penguins can turn this around.

“Yeah, of course. There’s a great chance. When you win, it’s more confidence for everyone,” Malkin said.

Could Malkin be the spark the Penguins need to generate some confidence?

Malkin and Patric Hornqvist are “very close” to returning to lineup, coach Mike Johnston said Friday, almost gleefully.


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Update On Injuries To Evgeni Malkin And Patric Hornqvist

via Katie Strang of ESPN,

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin is expected to miss one to two weeks with a lower-body injury suffered in the first period of Saturday's game against the Boston Bruins.

Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford provided the injury update following the break of small group meetings at Day 1 of the NHL general managers meetings Monday in Boca Raton.

Malkin has 28 goals and 40 assists in 63 games this season.

Rutherford also said that Patric Hornqvist, injured in Sunday's 5-1 loss against the Detroit Red Wings, will miss approximately one week.

The Penguins have dropped two straight games, but Rutherford expressed confidence in his team.

"As long as we get healthy, I feel good about our team," Rutherford said.

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Video-Evgeni Malkin Needs More Acting Lessons

via Sportsnet,

Evgeni Malkin was shamed not once but twice in the Penguins’ game against the Panthers, being called for embellishment and diving.


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Video- Johnny Boychuk Hit On Evgeni Malkin

No penalty on the play, thoughts?


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Video- Evgeni Malkin With A Big Hit On Dan Girardi

Dan Girardi did go the the Rangers dressing room but did return half way through OT.


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Waiting On Malkin

from Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

The injury keeping Evgeni Malkin out this preseason is one the franchise center suffered in the United States — not Russia — according to Penguins coach Mike Johnston.

And with four scheduled practices left before the Penguins' first regular-season game Oct. 9, Malkin doesn't have a lot of time left to prepare....

On Thursday, Sept. 18, the day before the first camp practice, Johnston said he expected Malkin's absence from an undisclosed injury to be “fairly short.”

Johnston said a week later that no additional tests or evaluation had been required; they're simply “waiting it out.”

On Friday, Johnston amended the original timetable, setting it another four to five days.

It has now been five days since that point, and Malkin is showing no signs of a return.

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Video- Erik Haula Fractured His Jaw At The IIHF World Championship

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Friedman talks cap conundrums, Pens, managerial compensation, John Gibson and Babs in 30 Thoughts

The CBC's Elliotte Friedman just posted his "30 Thoughts" column, and after wondering how the Penguins will be able to keep all of their unrestricted free agents-to-be, even with the rising cap (they won't be able to do so--a trade will be necessary or people will walk), he offers more than a few intriguing observations. Among them:

1. Just for comparison: the 2012-13 cap was $70.2 million, similar to what we're expecting next season. Chicago won with its top-three salaried players (Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp and Jonathan Toews) taking 26 per cent. Kane and Toews can be extended this summer, with the new deals beginning in 2015-16. That percentage is going to go up, but by how much? They took almost $5 million less than Crosby/Malkin per season on their second deals, critical to their second Stanley Cup (and maybe more). Western Conference opponents are expecting to deal with them for eight additional years. "I hope [their salary number] starts with a nine," one rival exec laughed.


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Rossi: Penguins may clear the coaching and managerial decks

Well this took five minutes...Per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Rob Rossi, the Penguins may or may not clear the coaching and managerial decks after yet another playoff failure:

Penguins ownership will consider a sweeping overhaul that could include terminating general manager Ray Shero in addition to Dan Bylsma and the members of the coaching staff, multiple sources told the Tribune-Review. Ownership specifically is concerned about a perceived lack of accountability for players, overall team toughness and unproductive drafts, the sources said.

The sources also said Penguins ownership might not want to undergo a complete front-office shakeup with only about a month before the NHL Entry Draft.

No decisions have been made, and they will not be rushed, the sources said.

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Rangers aren’t a bad team, but the Penguins are running them over

George here on the late shift. I'm getting ready to wake up a little bit early to watch Wings players take part in the World Championships, which begin on Friday. The European press tends to look at the NHL playoffs from a rather Machiavellian perspective--sometimes actively rooting against the teams whose players include important national team contributors--and as such, I had one thought as Evgeni Malkin's 1-0 goal slithered past a goaltender who's more or less been left to his devices in Henrik Lunqvist:

"[Team Sweden coach and GM] Par Marts must be watching this game thinking, 'I can get Henke to Minsk by Sunday!'"

The Penguins defeated Lundqvist's Rangers 4-2, taking a 3-games-to-none series lead, and while the Penguins lost Brooks Orpik's services, the Rangers' combination of struggling stars on offense and a sometimes-shaky defense reminds me of--dare I say it?--the Wings-Bruins series.

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Malkin Out 2-3 Weeks With Foot Injury


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Malkin- “Everything Will Be OK” In Sochi

via R-Sport,

Russian hockey star Evgeni Malkin has told R-Sport that he reassured his Pittsburgh Penguins teammate Sidney Crosby the Sochi Olympics will be safe..

Some sports stars have expressed concern over security at the February 7-23 Games after 32 people were killed last month in two bomb attacks in the nearby city of Volgograd.

"He's definitely a bit wary about the Olympics due to the events that happened, due to the explosions in Volgograd, and in Chechnya there are always blasts," Malkin told R-Sport on Thursday, referring to Crosby.

"That's the question that worries them (NHL players) the most: Will it be safe in Sochi or not? But other than that, everyone's burning to get to Russia, to play the Olympics, although they're worried about security. But I've told them that everything will be OK, that they shouldn't worry," he said.

The host city and Olympic venues are surrounded with various stringent security measures aimed at preventing disruption and terrorist attacks in a city located near Russia's restive North Caucasus provinces.

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Video- Malkin Injures His Leg When Crashing Into The Boards

Early in the 3rd period and no update from the Penguins.

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Video- Malkin Gets 2 Minutes For Equipment Violation

Malkin gets for Delay of Game, Equipment Violation.

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Shoot The Puck Geno

from Dejan Kovacevici of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

You know the numbers: Malkin has three goals in 21 games, none in his past 14 games for the longest such slump of his career. There's no question he's still done good things, not least of which are the 17 assists that rank fourth in the NHL. But it remains beyond reason, beyond justification that a scorer of this caliber could go more than a month without so much as a cheesy empty-netter.

He knows it, too.

“I'm happy, of course, when the team wins and when I can make a pass to Gibby for a goal,” Malkin continued in our talk. “But I know I have to score. I know I have to shoot more.”

He hesitated.

“Sometimes, like in this game, I see Kuny or Nealer and want to pass to them because they're open,” he said, referring to Chris Kunitz and James Neal, “but I know I have good chances to shoot the puck.”

Right down the high slot, too, I interjected. Twice on Monday between the Ducks' hash marks, countless times over the season.

“Yes, I know. And I know I have to shoot.”

At least that much appears to be clear.


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Malkin Continues To Struggle

from Mike Brehm of USA TODAY,

He hasn’t scored since Oct. 17

That’s 13 games without a goal, a career-worst slump.

With three goals, he’s on pace for a career-worst 13 goals. His career worst for a non-lockout season was 15 goals in 2010-11, where he was limited to 43 games by injury.

He has a career-worst 5.7% shootout percentage

He has finished below 10% twice in his career, and those were seasons when he was dealing with injuries.

He has been a minus player in eight games

That includes minus 3 twice. Last season, in 31 games, he was a minus player nine times. He has finished the season as a minus player twice before and his worst was minus 6. He’s a minus 8 now.

read on

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Malkin’s Father Says Dallas Offered A Contract To His Son

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,

Continue Reading »

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Afternoon Line Part 2

“A lot can happen, but as long as I feel comfortable in America I might as well leave well enough alone. I’ve won a Stanley Cup with the Penguins, I’ve got individual awards, I get a lot of playing time, I have an excellent relationship with my teammates and coaches."

“Why would I look for something else? I have everything.”

Evgeni Malkin on playing in the KHL.  A bit more from Malkin on Kovalchuk at RIA NOVOSTI.

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Thoughts On Moving Malkin

In a paid subsciption, Craig Custance of ESPN discusses the possibility of paying and/or moving Malkin.

I've tried to post the most important part here...

Evgeni Malkin, who was arguably the Penguins' best player in Game 3, is entering the final year of his contract that pays him $8.7 million next season. He can sign an extension in July, and those negotiations will be fascinating because he'll become the biggest star to work out a new deal under the restrictions of the CBA.

Pittsburgh can't drive down the annual salary cap hit with extra years on the end of the contract because of the new rules regarding contract length under the new CBA. The longest Malkin can sign with the Penguins is eight years, and that option drops to seven years if Malkin hits the market in 2014. According to Article 50.6 of the new CBA, the yearly salary of a player can't exceed 20 percent of the upper limit at the time the standard player contract is signed. So that's $14 million under the current salary cap of $70.2 million and $12.86 million when it drops to $64.3 million next year.

Malkin may be the first player to test those limits. He's a franchise center who is still just 26 years old. He also has the threat, if he doesn't get a deal to his liking from the Penguins, of playing in the KHL, a league that doesn't have the same restrictions on salaries for its stars the NHL has. An annual salary in the $15 million range is something Malkin could demand in the KHL.

If he hit the open market next summer, he'd be the best free agent in years. Better than Zach Parise, Brad Richards, Ilya Kovalchuk or Ryan Suter -- all players who landed huge contracts in free agency.

There's no reason to expect he deserves anything less than what Crosby got last year when Crosby signed a 12-year contract extension worth $104.4 million. The problem is, the contract is capped at eight years, which would work out to $13 million per season if the total dollar amount is the same.


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Video- Who Is Evgeni Malkin?

"Geno" Crosby?


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