Thursday, August 03, 2006


The Russian Federation was given this past Monday as a deadline to agree to the player transfer agreement, but they have not done so. As a result, there may not be an agreement this year.
So, Russian players who are under contract in the Russian Hockey Federation need to secure their own release, Malkin included, and then they can play in the NHL.
Malkin's agent Don Meehan has stated today that they will begin contract negotiations with the Pittsburgh Penguins immediately, and that it is a "top priority." Malkin was selected 2nd overall by the Penguins in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. Last season with the Metallburg Magnitogorsk, Malkin had 47 points in 46 games. He is considered the best player in the world outside of the NHL right now. He will make an immediate impact with the Penguins if he plays in the NHL this year, and take a big run at the Calder Trophy.
I first saw Malkin play at the Turin Olympics and I was hugely impressed. He plays pretty tough for his 6 foot 3 185 pound frame. He'll only get bigger and tougher this season. But he is kind of cocky though, he plays with a chip on his shoulder. I wonder how well Crosby and Malkin will click.


At August 3, 2006 at 1:08 p.m. , Anonymous duff said...

no he's not

At August 3, 2006 at 1:20 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Malkin's agent is going to use a provision in Russia's labor law to free Malkin. I don't fully understand how that works, but odds are, he could play here.

At August 3, 2006 at 1:36 p.m. , Blogger Hodge said...

He's apparently given his notice to his Russian team. Woohoo, won't have to depend on Ovechken for highlights.

At August 3, 2006 at 8:00 p.m. , Blogger reality check said...

With no agreement between the NHL and the Russian Hockey Federation, Malkin and other players in similar situations, will have to buy their own way out of their contracts in order to play in the NHL. I assume the NHL still honors the signed deals these players have with their respective clubs, even though an agreement with the governing body is not in place. Simply put - it is do-able but tricky. The team holding Malkin's right will want mucho dollars for his release. According to today's Ottawa Sun, the Sens face the same dilema with a player named Alexei Kangaroodov (or something close to that). It was said that this player would attempt to negotiate his own release and that Malkin was in the same boat. Sorry, the name just came to me - Kaigorodov. There, I was close!

At August 3, 2006 at 8:34 p.m. , Blogger Earl Sleek said...

Alexei Kangaroodov

That should become his name immediately. Great work.

At August 3, 2006 at 8:45 p.m. , Blogger reality check said...

Only if he's fast!

Freudian slip, honest!

At August 3, 2006 at 11:16 p.m. , Anonymous Hodge said...

Are we all "Hopping" on his bandwagon then??

At August 4, 2006 at 12:53 a.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

oh boooo!!!!

At August 4, 2006 at 2:25 a.m. , Blogger reality check said...

Skip it!


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