Thursday, June 13, 2013
Malkin's fate (update)
By Victoria Matiash
UPDATE: Done. The Pittsburgh Penguins have agreed to an eight-year, $76-million contract extension with Evgeni Malkin. The elite forward is in position to earn an average annual salary of $9.5 million from 2014-15 until 2021-22. The deal can't be officially signed until July 5th.
*** UPDATE: Forward Evgeni Malkin will remain in Pittsburgh a long while if Ray Shero gets his way. As relayed by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the Pittsburgh Penguins' GM intends to secure Malkin with a long-term deal this summer.
"... Representatives for several of the Penguins' contract-eligible players have been told by Shero that the Penguins' top priority over the next several weeks is working out the long-term contract for Malkin, a former regular-season and playoff MVP and a two-time scoring champion ... The Penguins want to agree in principle with Malkin, then try to prevent (Pascal) Dupuis from testing the open market ..."
*** Forward Evgeni Malkin could be a game or two away from parting ways with the Pittsburgh Penguins. TSN's Darren Dreger suggests Malkin could be on the move if the Penguins lose out to the Boston Bruins before the weekend is through.
"... If Pens lose series in 4 or 5 games the offseason storylines may be interesting. Some think Malkin becomes a trade target. Tough call ..."
Malking is set to earn $7.5 million (cap hit: $8.7 million) in 2013-14 -- the final year of his current contract. Dreger suggests it will be difficult for the Pens to keep both Malkin and defenseman Kris Letang (also a UFA after next season) beyond 2013-14. Then there's the added tempatation of eventually bolting for Russia ...
"... Ongoing speculation suggests Malkin could command $15 mil per year tax free in KHL ... Not saying he takes it, but it's there ..."