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Report: Evgeni Malkin to play in KHL if there’s a long lockout

Aug 27, 2012, 4:37 PM EDT

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With a lockout on the horizon, some players are starting to make escape plans should the season wind up in jeopardy.

Reigning NHL MVP Evgeni Malkin is one of those players as reports out of Russia, as shared by Dennis Bernstein of The Fourth Period, say he will return to the KHL if a work stoppage interferes with the NHL season.

Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette gets the low-down from Malkin’s agent about what’s going on with Malkin.

J.P. Barry, who is Malkin’s agent, confirmed that Malkin has spoken with teams in Moscow and Magnitogorsk about a week-to-week agreement that would allow him to play during a lockout, if there is one, but that nothing has been finalized.

The initial report said Malkin would play for Metallurg Magnitogorsk, the same team Malkin left to come to the NHL. They’re also the team that sued the NHL to have him come back.

This report comes on the heels of Dynamo Moscow debating whether or not they want to have Alex Ovechkin join them during a possible lockout.

  1. mpg44 - Aug 27, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    I think players should be banned from participating in any organized league fro the duration of a lockout. Maybe then they would care about getting an agreement done. I also think the rinks should be banned from filling up the arenas when hockey was already slated to the time. Maybe then the owners would care more about an agreement !

    • bcsteele - Aug 27, 2012 at 5:13 PM

      I believe the players should be able to go make money and stay on their game elsewhere if the owners are unwilling to work with them. Which up to this point, appears to be more the case. I think your second thought is great in a perfect world but that would never fly.

      • mpg44 - Aug 28, 2012 at 1:47 PM

        Can’t punish one and not the other . They both are reasons for the mess it has become. Both sides one the date of expiration and did nothing to get the ball rolling. My biggest point against the players doesn’t involve their contracts , it only involves the hrr. Pay them there worth as players , this is why they negotiate congrats. Their stake on hockey related revenue should not exceed 50 % . Not saying anything about them not getting there contrar money. But think abou this…. If you work at a factory and hour union goes on strike should you be able to go work at the non union factory ? If you do , you just left the union ! It’s called crossing the picket line.

    • theawesomersfranchise - Aug 27, 2012 at 5:13 PM

      Funny I think every player should have the right to exactly the opposite. I mean it’s not a strike, it’s a lockout… the owners.

      Really if anything is going to speed things up, it would be every NHLPA telling the owners that they ALL will play in the KHL during a lockout. Which is the last thing the NHL wants to see.

      • jernster21 - Aug 27, 2012 at 5:53 PM

        I would love to see this, honestly. In addition to the “solidarity” they all share in regards to their negotiations, all the best players need to go play in another league where the owners are scared sh*tless that they’re going to get hurt…that’ll knock em down a peg.

      • windmiller4 - Aug 27, 2012 at 5:55 PM

        I know if alot of nhl players went to the khl i would just start watching that and probably forget about the nhl. Too many big egos to run the league smoothly. the worst of all them is bettman

    • shilo221 - Aug 27, 2012 at 5:25 PM

      It’s the owners choice to lock out the players and not honor the financial end of their contracts. Saying they shouldn’t be allowed to play is like saying you’re banned from finding employment elsewhere if the company you work for closed its doors and forced you to miss work and not get paid.

    • claysbar - Aug 27, 2012 at 5:56 PM

      Yeah ban the rinks!!! Screw them saps that are working their way through college, working a part time job to put food on the table and the semi-retirees that can’t afford to not work to stay in their homes. That’ll teach em’!!!

      • mpg44 - Sep 1, 2012 at 6:46 PM

        I mean just the nhl’ers . Not the other leagues . I just don’t think it’s union wise to play elsewhere when your have a huge problem right here , I mean think how much faster this would be over if they can’t play at all …. Anywhere. The other leagues and their roster players can play. The people who you described who currently work at the NHL rinks are getting screwed by all this regardless . No CBA = no NHL

  2. dkphilly1122 - Aug 27, 2012 at 7:27 PM

    I agree they should be able to do whatever they wanna do. If they wanna play in the KHL, so be it. The owners are the ones screwing everything up, including the fans!! More power to the players where ever they wanna play until the owners realize they’re not god. More so Bettman, the head prick in charge.

  3. chizmo - Aug 27, 2012 at 9:49 PM

    never really thought about it, but it has to be an advantage to see live game action before others in the league. while everyone else is at home sitting on their butts you’re out kicking ass in Magnitokorsk? Sounds good to me!

    Geno returning with a big bowl of borscht!

    • chizmo - Aug 27, 2012 at 9:50 PM

      and getting paid a ton of untaxed money for it!?!?!

  4. lostpuppysyndrome - Aug 28, 2012 at 8:27 AM

    Well if this turns out to be the case, my money’s on Metallurg winning Comrade Gagarin’s Mug.

  5. mpg44 - Aug 28, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    I think what really pisses me off is the fact that the players are willing to go to a lockout cause they say that they are “irreplaceable ” . What I feel , and I hope others do as well , is that the are wrong.. The fans are the ” ideal sable ” part of this. Especially the hardcore fans that will be lost due to the petty fighting between the owners and players. All the. Ayers are fighting for is about the money they make that is beyond their contract. Not the contracts themselves. I know myself that I would love to make half of what they make to play hockey everyday, let alone the rest. Time to shrink the heads of both the owners and players down to reality!!

    • jernster21 - Aug 28, 2012 at 11:12 AM

      So far there has been no indication that if the players were to accept a 50/50 split that the owners would accept that – they could very well be set on 43 percent and that’s extremely significant and I don’t blame them one bit for not being on board with that. Supply and demand is simple economics, when you’re the top % of people that can do your job at the highest level, you should have the bargaining power to get yourself an acceptable deal.

  6. paledevil - Aug 28, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    So far it is only Russians When a hoser jumps ship your gonna see Count Bettman’s fangs

  7. themajorleagueblog - Aug 29, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    Banning players from competition isn’t fair. To be honest, all these comments feel like déjà vu from the 2004-05 lockout.

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