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Old 08-12-2006, 07:20 PM   #1
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Default Penguins pick Malkin skates out on his Russian club

MOSCOW -- Evgeni Malkin, the Pittsburgh Penguins' No. 1 pick in 2004, has fled from his Russian club Metallurg Magnitogorsk days after agreeing on a new contract, local media reported Saturday.

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How does this help him?
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Default Re: Penguins pick Malkin skates out on his Russian club

How did it help other Russian born hockey players who snuck out of that messed up country?

Example: Alexander Mogilny
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RUN MALKIN, RUN!!!
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RUN MALKIN, RUN!!!
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Default Re: Penguins pick Malkin skates out on his Russian club

Penguins' prospect Malkin skips out in Finland
Leaves Russian pro team

Sunday, August 13, 2006

By Alan Robinson, The Associated Press



Evgeni Malkin, the star forward and Penguins draft pick who has said repeatedly he wants to play in the NHL, left his Russian pro team during a training camp in Finland yesterday, various Russian news services reported.


It was uncertain whether Malkin bolted from the team in an attempt to get to North America and play for the Penguins this season, but the Itar-Tass news agency, citing a source within the club, reported Malkin took his belongings and passport with him.


Malkin's departure from Metallurg Magnitogorsk of Russia's Super League would be yet another unexpected turn in an ever-changing story in which the Olympics star renegotiated his Russian contract from two seasons to one season last week, at the same time his North American-based agents were saying he wants to play in the NHL as soon as possible.


Malkin's agent, JP Barry, didn't immediately return a phone message. Penguins spokesman Tom McMillan said the club had no comment on the report.


In another curious twist, the Russian daily newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda reported last week that Malkin recently opened a new restaurant in Magnitogorsk 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.


Malkin was the No. 2 pick in the 2004 draft behind last year's NHL rookie of the year, fellow Russian Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals. But he did not play in the NHL last season because the league lacked a transfer agreement with the Russian ice hockey federation.


This spring, it appeared Russia would go along with a transfer agreement already reached with the main European ice hockey federations and the International Ice Hockey Federation calling for a $200,000 transfer fee paid to each country when one of its players left for the NHL. But, apparently because the Mettalurg team felt Malkin's rights were worth 10 times that amount, Russia has not signed the agreement.


However, Malkin's former agent, Don Meehan, said Russian law allowed Malkin to leave his team -- despite having a signed contract -- merely by submitting a letter of resignation. Malkin, under heavy pressure to stay with his Russian team, presumably may have renegotiated his contract last weekend merely to buy time before deciding the best course to get to the NHL this season.


Barry told The Associated Press last week that, despite Russian news agency reports of the reworked contract, Malkin had every intention of trying to play for the Penguins soon. Barry and Pat Brisson were Malkin's agents until June, when Meehan took over, but have since been rehired by Malkin. They did not play any role in his Russian contract talks.


The 6-foot-3 Malkin is widely regarded in hockey circles as being the best player in the world not playing in the NHL. The Penguins badly want Malkin to join a youthful team that already includes Sidney Crosby, who had 102 points last season as an 18-year-old rookie, and Jordan Staal, the No. 2 pick in the recent NHL draft.


Malkin led Metallurg with 47 points, including 21 goals, in 46 games last season. He had goals and six points for Russia in the Turin Olympics.


If Malkin is attempting to defect while in Finland, he would be the best-known hockey player to do so since Alexander Mogilny left the Soviet Union team following the world junior championships in Sweden in 1989 and defected to the United States so he could play for the Buffalo Sabres.


If Malkin does intend to play for the Penguins this season, his contract negotiations likely would go quickly. Under the NHL labor agreement, he would make slightly less than $1 million in salary, plus bonuses that would be negotiated with the team.

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Default Re: Penguins pick Malkin skates out on his Russian club

It's official, we pissed off the Russians....lol.

MOSCOW -- Russia's Metallurg Magnitogorsk will go to court to seek compensation from the Pittsburgh Penguins after the sudden disappearance of their best player, Evgeni Malkin, the Superleague club's head said on Sunday.

"They all like to talk about democracy, the American way and then they shamelessly steal our best players. This is pure sports terrorism." Gennady Velichkin, Metallurg Magnitogorsk general director


"We're all in shock," Gennady Velichkin said after Malkin, Pittsburgh's No. 1 pick in 2004, secretly fled Metallurg's training camp in Finland on Saturday just days after agreeing to a new contract with the club.

"The players, coaching staff are also very upset because for four days Malkin was training with the team and suddenly he is gone without saying a word to anyone," he told Reuters in a telephone interview.

Last week, Metallurg said that Malkin had annulled his previous contract with the club, which would have kept him in Magnitogorsk through April 2008. Instead, he had signed a new one-year deal after which he would become a free agent.

But the young Russian, who turned 20 two weeks ago, has always stated his desire to play in the National Hockey League, saying he wanted to prove himself at a higher level.

Velichkin blamed Malkin's American agents and his NHL club for stealing Russia's best players.

"They all like to talk about democracy, the American way and then they shamelessly steal our best players. This is pure sports terrorism," said the Metallurg general director.

"Don't forget, Malkin is a young kid, he is still very naive and it was easy for them to get into his head all that stuff about the American dream and how great the NHL is," he added.

"The Pittsburgh owners are trying hard to sell the club, and the price would be totally different if they had Malkin.

"But you can't just take our best players and expect to get away with it."

The talented center, who has been compared with Pittsburgh owner, the great Mario Lemieux, has been the most sought-after player by the NHL this year.

Pittsburgh drafted Malkin second overall in 2004 behind fellow Russian Alexander Ovechkin, who took the NHL by storm last season, winning the Calder Trophy as the best rookie.

Velichkin said the fact that Russia has refused to sign a transfer deal with the NHL would not prevent his club from going to court in the United States to seek compensation for Malkin.

Russia remained the only major hockey nation not to sign the deal, which was approved by the International Ice Hockey Federation in 2005.

"We've put so much effort, resources and money into Malkin's development as a player.

He was our gold diamond, our prize possession. He had a contract with us, we were building the whole team around him and now he is gone," Velichkin said.

"But don't think we'll just sit there and do nothing. We'll go to court to get what we believe is proper compensation."

Under the transfer deal Magnitogorsk would have received a basic $200,000 fee for Malkin while Metallurg reportedly wanted at least 10 times more.

Velichkin declined to specify the sum he was seeking for Malkin, pointing to similar deals involving soccer players.

"In soccer, a fee for a player of Malkin's caliber would be into tens of millions of dollars," he said. "He is a franchise player and we won't be satisfied with anything less."

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"They all like to talk about democracy, the American way and then they shamelessly steal our best players. This is pure sports terrorism." Gennady Velichkin, Metallurg Magnitogorsk general director

This is typical.....

Isn't democracy letting people leave the country whenever they feel like it? This kid has stated on many occasions that he wanted to come to the states and play in the NHL.

Velichkin = Jackass
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"They all like to talk about democracy, the American way and then they shamelessly steal our best players. This is pure sports terrorism." Gennady Velichkin, Metallurg Magnitogorsk general director

This is typical.....

Isn't democracy letting people leave the country whenever they feel like it? This kid has stated on many occasions that he wanted to come to the states and play in the NHL.

Velichkin = Jackass

Malkin = Penguin

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Default Re: Penguins pick Malkin skates out on his Russian club

I think the Penguins took my advice about sending in a Special Ops force headed by Sid.......I'll be damned.
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