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Malkin’s Plan B: Join Team Russia

Apr 16, 2012, 7:17 PM EDT

Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin Getty Images

The Pittsburgh Penguins are down 3-0 in their series against the Philadelphia Flyers, but hey, there’s always the World Championships, right? That’s how Evgeni Malkin plans to extend his season if the Penguins are unable to pull off a remarkable comeback.

Malkin’s performance in the first round has been something of a mixed bag. He has four assists in three games and he’s managed to stay out of the sin bin, which is more than can be said for a lot of the Penguins stars.

At the same time he’s been overshadowed by the Flyers’ rookie Sean Couturier and has a team-worst minus-four rating.

Malkin is a frontrunner to win the Hart Trophy, but if the Penguins end up getting eliminated by Philadelphia in the first round, then maybe the World Championship will provide him with some sort of silver lining before he begins his off-season routine.

  1. hky15 - Apr 16, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    Maybe KHL scouts at World Championship will offer him good deal for next season too.

  2. philly4lyfe - Apr 16, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    Yeah I’d start lookin for work if I was him too. And my guess is he just wants to get as far away from coots as possible.

  3. heyzeus143 - Apr 16, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    he doesn’t deserve the MVP honors, unless he 180s

    • biasedhomer - Apr 16, 2012 at 8:27 PM

      Considering it is only regular season MVP, he deserves it by a mile.

      • itsallniceonice - Apr 16, 2012 at 9:36 PM

        Meh I think Quick deserves it. Malkin had nice numbers on a nice team. A team that proved it didn’t need him last year. MVP? No.

  4. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 16, 2012 at 7:36 PM

    Well we know Jagr won’t be there, so at least Russia will have a chance at beating the Czechs.

  5. pensfan29 - Apr 16, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    MVP is the regular season, not the postseason jagoff

    • renberg19 - Apr 16, 2012 at 8:03 PM

      Too bad the “MVP” will be goal-less when it really counts.

  6. jucam1 - Apr 16, 2012 at 7:52 PM

    Anything to run from Coots and the Flyers right?…. I hope they’re watching the tape of the owners of Pittsburgh (The Philadelphia Flyers!). They might not want him afterwards….hahaha

  7. heyzeus143 - Apr 16, 2012 at 8:35 PM

    thanks for the tip jagoff :-) , but dont ya think that hart will be a little bit tarnished with this hartless performance thus far, pun intended, he still needs to grow a pair in game 4, in a series I think they can still win, I really do

  8. tangfan - Apr 16, 2012 at 8:43 PM

    agreed, malkin appears afraid and tentative

  9. bobhpine - Apr 16, 2012 at 9:05 PM

    “when it really counts” the flyers never win the cup

  10. dawglb - Apr 16, 2012 at 9:16 PM

    Nice. Take your trophy and run back to Russia. Why don’t you audition for the Broadway show “The Wizard of Oz”? They are always looking for a few good flying monkeys! No make-up necessary. You are a natural!

  11. bhwksr1 - Apr 16, 2012 at 9:52 PM

    Flyers may beat the pens, but the Philly fold will take place soon. They would find a way to loose to anyone. Mallon, go to khl and stay there. Tired of your cheap shots. Take Crosby with you. Please.

  12. phillyphan83 - Apr 16, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    bobhpine needs a dictionary to tell him the true meaning of “never”

  13. lemieux00066 - Apr 16, 2012 at 11:41 PM


  14. cowgut1 - Apr 17, 2012 at 7:27 AM

    Nice to know he’s already thinking of what’s next, like he’s given up. Typical of the spoiled brat mentality on the Penguins team. there’s no better joy than seeing a team like that eliminated in the first round when the expectation for them was so much more. Not counting my chickens before they hatch, I just don’t see them taking 4 straight at this point. Philly will shut them down like they have the whole series

  15. rabidbillsfan - Apr 17, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    You know, I saw this coming. I see the same thing happening to boston in the next round, if they make it that far. There was always something about the Pens, Rangers and Bruins that just didn’t seem right. I guess I am saying that becuase these teams had their hands full with a Sabres team that didn’t make the Playoffs. Sure, Pitt and Boston both beat Buffalo to close us out, but 6-2 at the end of Febuary against Pitt and a 6-0 shutout, 2-1 win and an OT loss after Boston coughed up a lead doesn’t really shout “Dominant”. I mean, it sounds dumb to guage a teams success on how they preform against one particular team, but look at Philly. Philly took it to Buffalo all 4 times, and they demonstrated strength in all stages. Philly staged a comeback, a hard fought grind it out win, and an absolute drubbing. I think Philly is the team to beat in the East. They are much more talented then Boston, and, well, lets not compare the leadership aspect as we all know about that. Philly can play any type of game, thats what makes them so dangerous. Last season, my fellow Buffalo natives were dying for us to draw Philly for the first-round series, I on the other hand, wanted Boston. Sure, we took Philly 7 games, but all 7 games looked diffrent, a Boston game is pretty straight forward, they are going to come out and try to impose their will on you and then when your down stage an offensive onslaught. Either way, this series is over and hopefully this will be the last time I hear about Crosby or Malkin for the rest of the off-season.

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