Saturday, June 21, 2008

Geno isn't going anywhere. No, really.

We're hesitant to say that the Evgeni Malkin rumors are over because it seems like every time we think they are, something else pops up. Even so, we think this should shut everyone up. The Post-Gazette is reporting today that Malkin has no interest in going to Russia for $12.5 million tax free (which we've heard is like $15 million here). Thank goodness. Malkin is expected to sign a deal with the Pens for around $8.5 million a year, slightly less than Crosby's $8.7 million. His agent says he wants to remain in Pittsburgh and he wants the team to keep as many players as possible. His agent sees no major hurdles that would prevent an agreement between Malkin and the team. They have a framework down so that Shero knows what kind of money they're dealing with in terms of trying to sign their restricted free agents, such as Marian Hossa and Brooks Orpik. The Pens having Malkin at a lower rate could make him more tradeable (just what we wanted to hear, NOT!) and Malkin is not eligible for a no-trade clause for a few years, but his agent was adamant that Malkin accepting less money would mean that the Penguins would not deal him. He's taking less money for Pittsburgh, and that's where he wants to stay. You can read the entire article here.

We're looking forward to getting to know Geno, as the more we see of him, the more we like. We're glad he wants to stay in Pittsburgh.

The other links from the PG:  NHL Draft and NHL Notebook.

The Trib has an article with a few more quotes from Malkin's agent here. Also included is some talk from Shero. After reading those quotes we have to say we're even more excited about getting to know Geno.

You can find a draft tracker and coverage of the NHL draft over at

Sorry for the lack of draft coverage but we're tired and it's 2:30 am. We'll be sure to cover who the Pens draft tomorrow.

And last but not least, the random YouTube of the day...Sidney Crosby's stretching/dancing routine before the game. Enjoy the show.

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