Where's Malkin?

According to Reuters, the Russian news agency Itar-Tass is reporting that Malkin has left his Russian club Metallurg Magnitogorsk during training camp in Finland. Malkin, who was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins second overall in 2004 behind Alexander Ovechkin, reportedly disappeared, taking his belongings and passport with him. Earlier this week, the Russian star reworked his two-year contract with Metallurg Magnitogorsk and agreed to a new one-year deal.

Malkin has made no secret of his wishes to play with the Penguins in the National Hockey League. But the Russian Ice Hockey Federation has yet to sign a transfer deal with the NHL and Malkin has found himself in the middle of the impasse.

The previous transfer agreement would have seen Metallurg Magnitogorsk receive just $200,000 in exchange for Malkin.

There has been no shortage of drama since Malkin decided to stay in Russia last season. J.P. Barry has confirmed to TSN that he and Pat Brisson have taken over the hockey management side of IMG, whom Malkin fired in June, and Malkin has left Don Meehan and returned to be represented by Barry and Brisson.

“His wish is to play in the NHL, and in Pittsburgh,” Barry told the AP. “We will continue to talk to him about his future, and we will decide the best course for him at this time.”

A premier offensive talent, Malkin led Magnitogork with 47 points in 46 games last season. The 6-foot-3 pivot was expected, along with phenom Sidney Crosby, to give the Penguins an elite one-two punch down the middle.

Source: TSN

Link: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=174058&hubname=nhl


27 Responses to Where's Malkin?

  1. PensinWpg says:

    There are rumours flyin’ through the Penguins msg boards based on roughly translated Russian news articles indicating Malkin packed up, with passport in hand and boarded a flight to Canada.

  2. intelligentscorpio says:

    Following in the footsteps of Fedorov and Mogilny, Malkin may have decided it is time to cut the cord with Russian hockey and join the team that drafted him, i.e: the Penguins. I think that this is the most logical step to take in his career. If the Russians want to deny young hockey players the right to make their mark in the NHL, then it is up to the individual to take measures to suit their ownself.

    Am I excited, yes, very much so. Is Malkin going to be everything we all expect him to be,YES.

  3. intelligentscorpio says:

    Canada you say, eh!
    Is it because his agents are located in Canada and facilitated his travel?

  4. muckies says:

    Haha, what a freak Malkin is, what is this, a guy fleeing the Soviet Regime? Plain and simple, The Russain Super League is totally frucked up and the owners won’t have any players left if their star has to run like a spy to get away from his team. What the heck is gong on over there??? Haven’t they earned that the best come to the NHL, whether they like it or not????

    IN OTHER NEWS: Yashin tries to break his contract and I hate the guy forever, Ottawa made him play it out, he couldn’t get out of it no matter how many planes he got on. Malkin jumps on a plane and he’ll be in Pitt training camp in 3 weeks. What a joke this is turning out to be.

    IN OTHER- OTHER NEWS: Starting at Center for Team USA in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, Evgeni Malkin. Say godbye to ever playing for Russia again. I hope the Sens prospects don’t do this and turn the entire Russain League into a gong show. maybe he could play for team Canada, Nedved did, why not Malkin?? If Sid can convince to spend a few summers in Nova Scotia cruising for babes on Spring Garden. it could happen.

  5. CrosbyMalkin66 says:

    Malkin knew what he was doing all along… the Russians thought they played him but meanwhile he was playing the Russians the whole time. Now, he is going to most likely be in Pittsburgh next season

  6. FrankTheTank3388 says:

    I wish Sergei Zinovjev would want to leave Russia and play for Boston. :

  7. PeterTheGreat21 says:

    is this legal whats hes doing? if it’s not what do you think are the chances the U.S. deports him back to russia. He’s not gonna be greeted the same way if what he’s doing is exactly what federov did as federov was fleeing an ‘oppressive regime’ while russia is no longer the evil soviet union.

  8. 92-93 says:

    no, its just run by the russian mafia and a former KGB agent.

    oh, and non-white immigrants are seriously beaten to an inch of their life by young neo-nazi-communist fascists who have never read a history book.

    but yeah, they have to get that transfer agreement worked out and give the russian leagues a decent compensation for their young talent.

  9. Yann says:

    Thats just what Russia should get… when a kid earns the right to play in the NHL, then let him damn it! i understand russia wan them to stay but its up to the players to make a choice… If thats what Malkin did its great, they wanted to play him well maybe they’ll learn a lesson…

  10. flyersfan21 says:

    Is he gonna be able to get his visa worked out so he can play in the US. There have always been players not being able to come into the US because of their working papers werent in order.

  11. iginla012 says:

    haha I know putin is such a fool

  12. Mario_n_Sidney says:

    If I was a Flyers fan, I would seriously hope not.

  13. Mario_n_Sidney says:

    Amen, brother!

  14. ManiaX says:

    The Russian daily newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda reported last week that Malkin recently opened a new restaurant in Metallurg designed to resemble a Russian jail, complete with bars on the windows, aluminum forks, waitresses in striped prison garb and portraits of Soviet dictators. Malkin was quoted as saying he wanted to open similar restaurants in other Russian cities.

  15. Mario_n_Sidney says:

    Kinda sounds like being a Russian hockey player.

  16. Marky2Fresh says:

    You know a Nazi and a Communist are the polar opposites of one another, right?

  17. 92-93 says:

    um yup.

    i guess you didnt read the ‘history book’ comment i made.

    but yeah, i know my history pretty well there buddy. communists are far-left socialists and fascists (nazis, mussolini, etc.) are far to the right-wing. however, in the messed-up minds of youth in russia, they see the communist past of the USSR as ‘glorious’ and they see the fascist hatred of non-whites and women as appealing (well, because they are white males seeking to ‘purify’ their homeland from ‘outsiders’).

    is that good enough for you?

  18. Veggetto19 says:

    im a flyers fan and i dont give a shit malkin will show sid how a man plays the game but philly will still be better for a few more years

  19. flyersfan21 says:

    Even if he does play, the pens are not gonna make the playoffs, you guys will be bottom feeders once again.

    give your team a few years to gel & mature.

    Crosby & Malkin does not equal cup.

    what about 3 scoring lines and a energy line?

    what about defense?

    the pens only have 2 guys.

    the Flyers upgraded in every aspect this year.

    they have 3 scoring lines and a energy/shut down line.

    You stop one line we have 2 more coming right back at you, can the pens say that….NO!!!!!!!!

    Our defense is way better the Pens.

    As a Flyers fan I am not worried if he plays or not.

    I say bring him on, just so we can watch the pens fail to make the playoffs again.

  20. bleed_penguins says:

    I was thinking the same thing. I knew there was something fishy when he signed that 1-year deal. Malkin for Calder!

  21. bleed_penguins says:

    Ok, and your goalie is…..? Nittymaki. The guy can’t even save shots from beyond centre.

    Source : Max Talbot’s 1st Career NHL goal. Thanks loser flyers.

  22. Marky2Fresh says:

    He came over to my house to hang out and watch Dr. Phil, he didn’t think you guys were gonna spaz over it

  23. Williams1505 says:

    hahahahah i remember that….that made me laugh!!!

  24. GoalJudge says:

    If this is true I callled it months ago… and can back it up.

    That aside, there has been many speculations as of late that ‘someone’ was strong-arming Malkin to stay in Russia.

    Restaurant or No restaurant, investments what ever, he has greener pastures on the other side of the Atlantic. So he’ll cut and run no worries.

    And for those who are talking about his ‘jumping ship to America” it is most likely untrue. He will not only come to Canada because his agents are here, but because his agents are well aware of our joke of an immigration system. He will come and claim assylum in Canada. If they let have of Asia in with the family unity laws, who only leach off the system, do you think that they would reject a multimillion dollar tax-paying Hocky Player? NO Chance. The funny thing is that in claiming assylum he will probably get wellfare too!

    No worries though, in 4 years this will have blown over and he will, with very little doubt, play for the Russian National team again. Just like Federov.

  25. kicksave856 says:

    Yeah, those olympics were probably just a fluke, huh? idiot.

  26. Bacon077 says:

    Like people give a sh!t if you called it?

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