Originally Posted by 83-Steelers-43
Yes, the Russian hockey federation and the NHL came to an agreement. Malkin also inked a three year deal with the Penguins last week. He will be here.
I haven't heard this - do you have a link? I really hope they have, because I'm really looking forward to seeing Malkin play.
As for Staal, I really like this pick. As someone previously said, there's no way you can pass up a kid with this kind of talent. There were rumblings that the Pens were considering trading the pick to address their defense, but I'm glad they stood pat. They will probably go after one of the FA defensemen, likely Jay McKee from Buffalo, since he may come with the smallest price tag. BTW - Staal has already said that he is willing to play wing, so you may see him play with Crosby and Armstrong at some point.