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Old 08-03-2006, 08:14 AM   #81
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Despite lack of NHL-Russia agreement, agent for Malkin expects him to play here this year
Thursday, August 03, 2006

By Shelly Anderson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Bad news for the Penguins coming out of Russia yesterday was overshadowed by Evgeni Malkin's agent saying last night that he expects the prospect to play in the NHL this coming season.
Don Meehan, who represents Malkin, said he is about to begin contract negotiations with the Penguins and expects the 20-year-old center to head to North America soon.

"Our intention will still be to have him come and play with the Penguins this season," Meehan said.

Malkin, the second overall pick in the 2004 NHL draft, spent last season in Russia. It looked as if he might have to stay there when the Russian Federation announced yesterday that it had reversed course and would not sign the European transfer agreement with the International Ice Hockey Federation.

Malkin is under contract with Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the Russian Super League for two more years. Meehan said it is his understanding that Russian labor law allows employees to leave their employers with a certain type of notice. He expects several Russian players who have been drafted by NHL teams to use the same means to leave Russia.

Meehan said that Malkin, who has said he hoped and planned to play for the Penguins this season, is not with Metallurg in its training camp but is working out on his own.

The Penguins, who have been counting on Malkin to complement second-year center Sidney Crosby, could not confirm that Malkin is coming.

"We were hoping to have an agreement between the NHL and the Russian Federation, but seeing there is not going to be an agreement, we are going to talk to Evgeni's agents to see what our options are," Penguins spokesman Tom McMillan said.

The Russian news agency RIA Novosti broke the news that Vladislav Tretiak, head of the Russian Federation, reported his country won't sign the transfer agreement. About eight weeks ago, the Russian Federation agreed in principle to the transfer agreement, but it never formally signed the papers.

It's believed Super League owners were behind the reluctance to sign the agreement, under which NHL teams pay into a pool that provides a $200,000 fee for a player under contract to a European team whose country has signed the agreement.

Tretiak seemed to indicate as much.

"At the talks with the IIHF and the NHL ... we failed to take into full account the interests of Russian clubs, which have players that interest the NHL," Tretiak was quoted as saying by RIA Novosti.

"The RHF therefore decided it was impossible for Russia to join this transfer agreement."

Metallurg general director Gennady Velichkin even threatened to sue the Penguins to force them to buy Malkin's contract for millions of dollars.

The major rift, though, apparently is between Russia and the IIHF.

"We saw great interest on the part of the NHL to cooperate, and its interest in Russian players. The talks were constructive," Tretiak said in the news report.

Malkin, a physical player who got international experience the past eight months playing in the Olympics, the world junior championships and the world championships, had 21 goals, 26 assists in 46 games for Metallurg.

Contract negotiations with the Penguins are expected to be relatively smooth. Malkin most likely would get the maximum under the year-old collective bargaining agreement, a three-year entry-level deal with a $984,200 salary plus a signing bonus of up to 10 percent of his salary and some other bonuses, primarily based on performance.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06215/710757-61.stm
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Old 08-03-2006, 08:54 AM   #82
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I hope this works out...I really wanna see this kid play.....
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I say we get a Special Forces Unit together headed by Sid and go in there and get the kid out of Russia.
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I say we get a Special Forces Unit together headed by Sid and go in there and get the kid out of Russia.

LOL...with everything else going on in the world...no one will notice.....
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I really hope the kid ends up coming here this season - A.O. managed to get out of his contract to come and play for the Caps last season, so I'm hoping Malkin does the same.
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Too bad Ronald Reagan is dirt-napping - we could use him right about now.

I really hope this can be all be ironed out and that Malkin can officially become a Penguin this season. Damned Russians!
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"Mr. Putin, give us our draft pick"

I'm confident Malkin will be sporting a Pens jersey next season. I have been confident ever since Tretiak took over. But can the Russians just agree to the agreement? We are talking about hockey players, not nuclear arms.
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"Mr. Putin, give us our draft pick"

I'm confident Malkin will be sporting a Pens jersey next season. I have been confident ever since Tretiak took over. But can the Russians just agree to the agreement? We are talking about hockey players, not nuclear arms.
LOL! Maybe GWB could invite Putin to another good old Texas BBQ at the ranch and while they're slobbering rib sauce all over each other, he can tell Rutin-Putin to get off his ass and get in touch with the powers that be at the Federation and give us our guy, damn it.

I really hope Malkin can get over here this year. I think this kid is amazing and will be a tremendous asset to the team. Besides - I want to get a Malkin jersey, gosh darn it.
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LOL! Maybe GWB could invite Putin to another good old Texas BBQ at the ranch and while they're slobbering rib sauce all over each other, he can tell Rutin-Putin to get off his ass and get in touch with the powers that be at the Federation and give us our guy, damn it.

I really hope Malkin can get over here this year. I think this kid is amazing and will be a tremendous asset to the team. Besides - I want to get a Malkin jersey, gosh darn it.


Hmmmm....

Wonder what number he'll wear.......
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Hmmmm....

Wonder what number he'll wear.......
Probably #17, which is what he wore at Magnitogorsk and in international play...
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