Cost of Malkin?

Reuters is reporting that if the Pittsburgh Penguins want Evgeni Malkin in their uniform next season, it could cost them. According to Reuters, the Russian team Malkin plays for feels that Pittsburgh must buy out his contract before he can leave for North America. The Russian Federation has not signed a transfer agreement with the NHL. The current deal endorsed by the IIHF would see the team receive $900,000 in compensation. “We’re not asking for ($900,000) compensation from Penguins. Such a sum is a handout and we’re not interested in handouts,” Metallurg Magnitogorsk general director Gennady Velichkin told Russian media. “Put simply, they must buy his contract from us.” Malkin told the Sports Express “I’ve already made up my mind for next season — I’ll be leaving for the NHL. I’m 100 percent sure of that”.

25 Responses to Cost of Malkin?

  1. Enigma says:

    Atleast mention that you got that from TSN.

  2. muckies says:

    My Sens ahve been waiting for a smooth center from Russia for years, without a deal in place, he’ll never make it over.

    If the NHL doesn’t get a deal soon, it will mean the rich teams like Detroit, Philly, NYR, will be able to draft the best from Russia and have the cash to sign them away from their teams.

    There is no way an Edmonton or Florida drafts a Russian if they think it will cost them 1 million to get him over to North America.

  3. PaulK123 says:

    okay…ya and how about the Leafs trade Wade

    Belak for Crosby and Malkin. Russian players can

    come to the NHL if they want, sometimes it is harder for high profile players because the team

    doesn’t want to lose their star player.

  4. Mario_n_Sidney says:

    Sounds like the new Russian prez Tretiak will have that transfer deal done in a month or two. Does anyone know the numbers on Malkin’s contract over there? Paying the money to bring him over would be better than burning it on a bunch of old, washed up losers anyway. (see Recchi, Palffy, Leclair, Odelien, Thibault etc.)

  5. Mario_n_Sidney says:

    Didn’t Malkin have a handshake agreement with ownership that said if he played there last year that they would allow him to come over? Or is everything I read on this site bullsh*t?

  6. Chelios24 says:

    Evgeni Malkin signed a contract with Metallurg Magnitogorsk that ends in 2008 making $1.3 Million per season tax-free.

  7. SabresFan220 says:

    Malkin will leave Russia whether or not the Pens buy out his contract. Even if they have to buy him out they’ll do it to get him there. The Russians may have a legitimate gripe losing their best talent to the NHL, but so does every other country in the world, get over yourself Russia. The Russians wanted to expand the Super League to include teams all across Europe to create a league that could compete with the NHL and keep Russian stars in Russia. Personally I’d love to see European divisions in the NHL, but that’s a long way off. Until then the Russians need to sign a transfer agreement and accept that the NHL is the greatest level of hockey in the world and they can’t compete with them.

    A European Super League would be bad for hockey because not all the best talent would be in 1 league. Even now the Russian Super League has withheld some of the best talent from the NHL, although the players chose to play there. Sure the Ducks don’t really miss Stanislav Chistov much, but they did blow a #3 overall pick on him just to see him walk 2 years later. The Sharks don’t need Alex Koryluk (sp) anymore, but he’s a worthy talent. And I thought Denis Arkhipov was a good player too, but each of these players chose to stay in Russia after the lockout. The Olympics gave us a look at the some the talent not playing in the NHL, we’re missing a handful of talented players.

  8. Mario_n_Sidney says:

    Ouch. Hopefully Tretiak will get that new transfer agreement done. 3.9 mil is out of the question for a cash strapped Pens team. The fact that he said he will be in the NHL next year gives me hope.

  9. Mario_n_Sidney says:

    Actually he’s got one more year on his deal so 1.3 doesn’t sound too bad. He should just pull an AO and all Magnitogorsk would get in return is a big bag of crap.

  10. thinice987 says:

    It’s amazing how the Russians make themselves sound like retards. Lets ask for 25 million, even bringing something like that up is stupid.

    If you want to keep your players create the best league. Imagine signing a contract with an AHL team and them not letting you play in the NHL. The Russian Super League blows … Alexei Morozov could barely play on Pittsburgh’s third line and he is a “star” over there.

    COME ON, your league sucks … get over yourself.

  11. bleed_penguins says:

    I agree that this is all BS, but don’t bash Morozov. He was an outstanding player and I have no doubt in my mind that he would have been a star in the NHL had he stayed here. Hey who knows, maybe he’ll smarten up and come back to Pittsburgh, we could use some scoring depth.

  12. goalieman32 says:

    perhaps bringing in malkin will inspire him to come back

  13. goalieman32 says:

    not entirely. if they hold a contract in russia, then they are obligated to that contract in its entirity until it expires. and ottawa does have a good prospect center in russia, alexei kiagorodov, who cant come over.

  14. Aetherial says:

    Correct about the BS… but it isn’t this site, it is the Russian Hockey Federation.

  15. thinice987 says:

    The Penguins do not want Morozov. They released him. He has no heart, and sucks.

    He belongs in the crappy Russian league.

  16. Radiohead says:

    I got this from tsn. There you happy? By the way, what’s your email again?

    GO OIL!!! EAT IT!! EAT IT!!!!!!!!!

  17. JCob says:

    I agree they can keep Morozov. He Sucked! The only time he was any good was when Mario was feeding him passes.

  18. nonhl2005 says:

    It’s a joke that the NHL robs these teams for a measley 900k. Compare that to some of these soccer players and what leagues are paying for them to switch worldwide. That is where the 25mil asking price comes from. I think if a startup league came over and grabbed Forsberg or Brodeur or Ovechkin for a measley 900k those teams would be blowing up the NHL offices. No way is the 900k enough for a player of Malkin’s ability. Pittsburgh should have to pay upwards of 15 mil for him to be RELEASED from his BINDING CONTRACT plain and simple. God, I love the new NHL.

  19. Mario_n_Sidney says:

    Point taken.

  20. TheFish12 says:

    While I agree that it is not fair that Russia loses all its top talent, thats what a competitive market is all about, so your no different then a small market team in the nhl…

    As for the pens needing to pay to get him out, not entirely sure about this, but couldn’t they just do like columbus did with Zherdev? Seems like a similiar situation to me.

  21. Aetherial says:

    Competitive market …

    That is EXACTLY what the Russians want. They don’t want an arbitrarily low price set on their top talent. They want to be compensated in an amount that teams will pay.

    For example… The Leafs would likely pay 20 million for the rights to a player of that calibre.

    I do not, for one second, understand the people laughing at the soccer comparisons.

    I see them as very valid.

  22. SabresFan220 says:

    I could see Morozov returning to the NHL, perhaps with Atlanta to play alongside Kovalchuk. They were pretty impressive linemates in the Russian Super League during the lockout, I’m kinda surprised the Thrashers didn’t give him a shot at the league minimum or something. Sure the Thrashers suddenly have tons of offense already, but another solid line instead of just the Ilya Kovalchuk show might help them. Savard had a great year but he’s getting older. I wonder how much Bondra has left in him too. But hey, we’re talking about the Pens here. Don’t tell me they couldn’t use a sniper type of guy like Morozov now, maybe Malkin or Crosby feeding him passes makes him a 20 goal scorer next season if they get him out of Russia.

  23. rojoke says:

    It may be a valid comparison, however, it may not necessarily be apples and apples. If I am incorrect in anything I say, then please feel free to correct it.

    Each of the European soccer federations, and their respective leagues, are members of FIFA, the sport’s governing body. Under FIFA rules, team must negotiate their own transfer fees when players move between leagues.

    The NHL is not a member of the IIHF. It has decided to negotiate a standard transfer fee to compensate the various European leagues, and their respective clubs, for drafted players who choose to leave that league and play under an NHL contract, either in the NHL or the AHL. While the Russian federation is a member of the IIHF, it is not a participant in the NHL-IIHF agreement, and there is no concrete legal obligation for the NHL or any NHL team to compensate the Russian federation, the Russian Super League, or any RSL club, for signing a Russian player, whether they are under contract or not.

    Zherdev’s case is the precedent for Malkin’s. Unless Malkin’s contract expressly forbids him to sign with an NHL team while under contract to Magnitogorsk, there no legal basis to stop him from signing with Pittsburgh and playing next season. Magnitogorsk’s best course of action would be to sue Malkin for breach of contract, not the Penguins.

    If the Russians eventually do sign the current transfer agreement, then it’s a dean issue anyway. If not, then maybe the NHL will have to pony up some cash in addition to the individual teams if they want to get players like Malkin to play here. It’s supposed to benefit the whole league anyway.

  24. AHLoldie says:

    The pens can have Morozov anytime they want him. They didn’t offer him a contract. They also didn’t offer Milan Kraft a contract. These guys were stiffs, especially Morozov, who never scored unless he played alongside Lemieux. These Europeans play well on the BIG sheets of ice in Europe, but when they are confined to the smaller sized rinks in North America they come up short. Have you forgotten what happened in the Olympics?

  25. goleafsgo1991 says:

    I don’t get this…if there is NO deal in place…how come Pittsburgh has to pay anything at all. By Russia not signing a transfer agreement, does it only give Russia a freehand in terms of transfering players…i doubt it..that’s bullsh*t…I believe that, as shown by the case of Alexander Semin, if Russia hasn’t signed a transfer agreement, the Pittsburgh Penguins can sign him for whatever they want and pay sh*t all to his Russian team. He just most likely wouldn’t be able to return to Russia. The NHL and the WHA didn’t have a transfer agreement did they…and they didn’t have to buy a player out of his contract with the other team.

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