More Malkin Drama!

An hour ago (Monday, 7pm EDT), the Associated Press filed a report in which Pat Brisson, one of Malkin’s agents, was quoted as saying “I can tell you I think he is safe, but I cannot comment on anything else,”. Ther report can be found on

The report also says that Sergei Isakov, Malkin’s agent for the Russian league, told the Soviet Sport newspaper that Malkin had a Canadian visa before leaving for Finland and that he might have taken it with him.

Pravda quoted Malkin’s parents saying they hadn’t talked to their son and did not know where he was. “My son simply snapped, his nerves did not hold on,” Vladimir Malkin said. “In the last moment, they persuaded him to stay in Magnitka, though his mind was already in the NHL. I understand him, but I don’t support him. It was a childish act. Before I give my final assessment, I need to talk to him personally.”

Evgeni’s mother, Natalia Malkin, told Pravda she and her husband tried to call their son but his phone was turned off. “The management of Mettalurg played on his patriotic feelings. He was not able to refuse. Though, afterward, he told me, ‘Mom, they (the Penguins) have already been waiting for me, and I promised.’ He left for camp in Finland very disgruntled.”

The article questions also whether perhaps the Penguins had already signed Malkin prior to his signing of the 1-year contract with Magnitogorsk. It is also in question whether his original contract, did in fact had some kind of clause in order to release him to the NHL, since Malkin was sure there was one (although his North American agents later thought to the contrary after reading the contract).

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38 Responses to More Malkin Drama!

  1. pilourse says:

    Maybe he just snap…

    Think about it… 18-19 years old…

    A country want you to play … the biggest league in the world wait for you…

    So much pressure on him… nobody to help him (agent are there only for money… not to help) … so he have probably just snap…

    Poor guy… so rich in talent… so rich in money … so poor at the same time.

  2. zane says:

    Malkin should come to the nhl ……..

    he be sick ….in a good way …

    i come he does….n helps sid the kid

  3. dmckay01 says:

    I’m tired of hearing about all this Malkin crap. He will be in Pittsburgh for training camp, plain and simple.

  4. Andy-O says:

    Hate to say it but if he does arrive he will be a flop! There is too much s*** on this kids mind. He should have stayed in Russia then came over next year.

    Anyhow, I would like to see him get over here and play… this way the Pens may finish maybe 23rd in the league.


  5. tacitus says:

    i am starting to hate Malkin just cuz of all this drama. Its not his fault but gotta hate somebody.

  6. ObjectiveImpartiaL says:

    Talk about pressure. Fluery, Crosby, and Malkin have been loaded up with all this hype not since Alexander Dagle have players had this much pressure on them. And we all know how that turned out. Maybe because they are all put together they will at lease have someone that understands them. Along with Mario as part of the organization.

  7. muckies says:

    Alot of fans are going to have a hate on for Malkin and Crosby. There won’t be that great celebration if these two ever raise the Cup toghether, it’ll be too much about politics and BS about Ovechkin and Malkin leaving his team and all this crap.

    Oh well, they aren’t going to win anything with Therien as thier coach anyways. I say he lasts until about game 25, than he’ll be out of there and Pitt can get a real coach. Shero will get a new coach, a long-term workable, legit NHL coach.

  8. CrosbyMalkin66 says:

    Tsn is saying that the Penguins are one of three teams in the running for Anson Carter… they could be real scary if Malkin comes and Carter is signed

  9. jimirude says:

    this is a fantastic hockey story…the stuff movies are made of… this kids tough as nails to basically ‘defect’ from his own country to persue a dream… that’s what they call “cojones” good on ya…

    and I know a lotta people like to pick on Sidney Crosby just cuz’ Alfredson called him a whiner but I just totally disagree and I think the 1-2 punch of Crosby and Malkin is the stuff legends are made of… they’ll sing songs about it, you wait!

    I may just become a penguins fan for this…


  10. TheDugg1er says:

    crosbymalkin66 why do u think if you get carter you will improve??? Carter was only good because of the sedins. Getting carter will not help any team as much as he helped the nuks. Sure you can look at his points and say cool we can get him, but he only got those because of the sedins. All his goals were tip ins on empty nets after great plays by the sedins. Anyways you may get him because he’s desperate for a team. Everyone realizes that he’s only good with the sedins and therefore isn’t worth even close to 3 mil.

  11. SabresFan220 says:

    It’s true, even Crosby wasn’t hyped as much as Malkin. If he was (and maybe he was more so) he still didn’t have to deal with the international political bullsh*t, the money bidding war, and everyone in the world in his face about where he’d be playing. If Malkin ever gets to the NHL he may in time become the player Pens fans are praying he is, but it may take longer than you expect for him to truly blossom. This extra mental strain really doesn’t help a hockey player’s development. If he signs with Pittsburgh and tries to go to training camp, cue the international lawsuit.

  12. mike7psu says:

    Well if the sedins made him that good, just imagine what crosby or malkin could do with him. Sedins made an above average talent into a goal scoring machine, and crosby made a below average talent(hilbert) look like an allstar. So my friend it could be, no different.

  13. tacitus says:

    Daigle gets no credit. Led the wild in points one year, sent to the minors at the end of the next season. I dunno how a guy leads a team in points then somehow is not good enough to make an NHL club. Rob Brown is also in this catagory after having a 200 point year in junior, he puts up a 100 point year in the NHL but everybody says its all Mario. Then he does like 5 100 point years in the minors wins scoring titles down there. There must be crazy politics about some players.

  14. tacitus says:

    Just as i read this post i was sent an email about an upcoming movie about thsi very story

    Leo Dicaprio -Malkin

    Matt Damon – Crosby (he already died his hair)

    Mel Gibson – Mario Lemieux

    Special Cameo appearance by Lindsay Lohan as Patrick Roy. She has a huge crying scene that screams Oscar


    Patrick Roy (Lohan) cries to everybody in the lady’s washroom cuz he doesnt have 25 cents for a napkin.

  15. merr29 says:

    Well, Crosby lived up to his side of the bargin, i bet Malkin can do the same. And if there is a lawsuit, i bet the pens will win, Washington won for Ovechkin

  16. merr29 says:

    i have a feeling they will pull a Rick Kehoe, and if he doesnt produce, hes gone in 4 games

  17. thinice987 says:

    I am a lawyer who handles international law cases. Malkin’s Russian team does not have any claim against him or the Penguins.

    Russian law says that anyone can give two weeks notice and leave. End of story. They can try to sue, but any U.S. court that would even take the case would dismiss it via a motion for summary judgment. Basically the Penguins would file the motion saying that the Russian team does not have a case, and any court that applies the Russian law (as they would have to under these cir*****stances) would HAVE to dismiss the case.

  18. kamullia says:

    I have always thought that Carter would be good for the Penguins, so long as the contract was short and not ultra-expensive.

    When he was asking for $3M and a long-term contract, I thought he was not a good fit, but if like the article says he will take a 2-year deal for slightly more than $2.5M, then although still expensive, he might be viable for the Penguins because it is not long term.

    The main issue with Carter for that price, is that he has to prove his consistency as far as scoring 30+ goals, which he has only done once (last year) in his life. But then again, they paid almost that much for Recchi who is not a 30-goal scorer, so….

  19. muckies says:

    couldn’t the Russian league sue the NHL – and the Penguins – because they do have contracts together about player transfers, the draft, a bunch of legal shazo like NHL players playing in Russia and all this type of international stuff. The courts in Russia have no juristiction in the states, but the Russian Leage and the NHL have been doing businees for years togther, they must be able to sue the NHL through some of their contracts- no?

  20. bleed_penguins says:

    Yea really. If you think the Sedins are good playmakers then thats fine. But I’ll tell you one thing, Crosby could get Anson Carter 40+ goals, I have no doubt in my mind.

  21. kamullia says:

    Ahh…finally someone who knows about this. I understand your conclussion, but what if prior to any US court seing the case, Mettalurg took the case to a Russian court and it was determined that the two-week notice was somehow not applicable to Malkin?

    A few of us had reached a clonclussion a week or two ago that a US court would have no jurisdiction, but not being lawyers dealing with international events we are not 100% sure.

    My only question was, international trade law. Is it possible to view Malkin as product of Mettalurg and therefore have the case viewed in the US International Trade court? Or perhaps UNCITRAL (not a US court, but you might be familiar and able to answer)?

  22. BruMagnus says:

    I’ll bet you Malkin produces a point per game average, easily wins the Calder, and if he stays healthy gets either 87 points as an odd homage to Sid, or 101 points, playing frequently on the PP and PK. Pitty ties for 7th in the Conference, but is ranked 8th with less wins.

  23. BruMagnus says:

    no shit eh. I looked this up:

    Fascinating really. Although Mario undoubtedly made him better, he was still actually good.

  24. BruMagnus says:

    If Malkin comes over and Carter is signed, it would mean that Carter would always be playing with either Crosby or Malkin all year long, at regular strength and on the Powerplay. If you thought the Sedins were the shit, just wait to see what Crosby alone does this year, not to mention Malkin if he comes.

  25. LeRooster says:

    20 bucks says he’s in Montreal…lol

  26. Mario_n_Sidney says:

    Hate the Russians, then.

  27. zdeno_duchesne says:

    i think he may have joined greenpeace like the nbc exec in seinfeld.

  28. Andy-O says:

    BruMagnus- I would love to see some more competition come back to the Atlantic. Hell it would be great if the Atlantic was the powerhouse in the East, NHL for that. However, Malkin will not help the Pens finish any better than what they deserve… Last in the East! They have neglected too much for too long. Face it, they are rebuilding, and maybe in a few more years of dead last seasons when they have stock piled up a ton of #1 draft pics, they’ll actually amount to something. Until they prove anything other than 4 seasons straight of 28 or less wins, I wounldn’t hold my breath!

  29. bleed_penguins says:

    The day Crosby and Malkin raise the cup will be the greatest day of my life. Speak for yourself.

  30. TheDugg1er says:

    I don’t give a dam wooden nickel about crosby or malkin. I’m just saying that carter was only good because he had chem with the sedins. He will not be nearly as good with anyone else.

  31. Flyer_Dman says:

    I hope he doesn’t get wacked.

  32. CrosbyMalkin says:

    According to TSN, Malkin has faxed his two week notice to MM in Russia.

  33. BruMagnus says:

    You are right. “Until they prove…” this is a season of faith following last season’s blunder. However, if one were to look at the Hurricanes or especially Sabres of last year, they’ll see how those teams developed into the great teams they are now.

    Furthermore, the NHL is unpredictable.

    I mean face it, the FINAL FOUR teams this year had failed to reach the playoffs the previous season!!! I mean WTF is that eh?

    Based on Pitty’s 500 play at the end of the season, based on the subtle yet solid offseason acquisitions, and based on the fact that Malkin is a point per game guy who is considered the best player outside the NHL, I think the Penguins do in fact have a playoff calibre team. I just hope they prove to me and their fans that they are for real.

  34. BruMagnus says:

    You’re an idiot then.

    I don’t see how anyone can make such outlandish comments when there’s no facts to back it up. Carter been rather consistent most of his career excepting two season ago (7 of 8 season with 40 or more points, twice reaching 60). If you look at this numbers last year, they are comparable to his Edmonton years. The slight increase in goal production comes from playing with the Sedins. So surely if he plays a full season with Crosby (who alone is as good as both Sedins) AND Malkin, he would pass 40 goals easily.

  35. Andy-O says:

    That’s true, I guess I didn’t look at it like that. I hope it does work out for them and they explode this year. Malkin is getting a lot of hype… more than Crosby.

    Anyhow, they are my #2 team so I am pulling for them. The NHL is going to prove to be interesting this year with all the moves a lot of bottom teams may overthrow the giants. Who know Pittsburgh could the next dynasty (with all thier #1 picks). Anyhow, the good news for Pen fans is that thier savior is in, or rumor has it, in North America.

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