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Malkin: Crosby could play in KHL if NHL season is canceled

Aug 29, 2012, 12:59 PM EDT

Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby Getty Images

We’ve had a host of stories about players making plans in case the lockout stretches deep into what would be the regular season, but the league’s biggest star might be cooking up his own plans.

Pavel Lysenkov of Sovietsky Sport heard from Evgeni Malkin at a charity game in Russia and finds out Sidney Crosby could be bound for Russia if the NHL season is wiped out.

Also Malkin said – Crosby will not play in KHL in 2012. May be after Christmas if all NHL season cancelled.

Consider how ugly it would be for the NHL to have another season lost to a labor dispute. Two seasons in eight years wiped out because they can’t figure out their own system.

Then if you added Crosby, arguably the NHL’s biggest star, playing in the league that considers themselves the NHL’s main competition, that’s about as bad as PR can get.

That’s not to say that Crosby playing in Russia would legitimize the KHL, just that the NHL and NHLPA not being to get out of each other’s way would be costing North American fans a possible season of a healthy Crosby (and Malkin).

  1. sjsharks66 - Aug 29, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    “Do you normally walk out last?
    Me 3 year super league.
    Super league? Then I found out he had played 3 years in the KHL and I had only been playing 1 year in the NHL.”

    Best line from the pens 24/7 lol

  2. mydadyourmom - Aug 29, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    Not a chance Geno.

  3. biffnasty - Aug 29, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    Play in a league where he is not protected from by the refs? Nonsense. He would last exactly 2 shifts before his 38th concussion Ended his career

    • theawesomersfranchise - Aug 29, 2012 at 1:35 PM

      Says the guy who never played a meaningful game of hockey in his life.

  4. martysbetter - Aug 29, 2012 at 1:32 PM


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  5. shortsxit - Aug 29, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    Crosby would be stupid to play in the KHL. With all his health problems and the KHL being such a gongshow. He’d be done in 3 games.

    Then what would the owners think? How would it look to lose one of the league’s best players to a rival league, then have his career ended by some ECHL reject with a two-hander to the skull?

  6. eyeh8goodell - Aug 29, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    The level of play in the KHL is above that of the ECHL

  7. joeyg88 - Aug 29, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    if the lockout happens i hope to see Crosby in the khl. atleast i will get to see him play

    • sportsfreak13 - Aug 29, 2012 at 2:29 PM

      I have Comcast, what package would i have to order so that i could watch the KHL games?

      • miketoasty - Aug 29, 2012 at 2:32 PM

        Lol, I hope you aren’t serious. Probably lucky if you could even find the games online.

      • sportsfreak13 - Aug 29, 2012 at 2:46 PM

        As serious as a heart attack. Im just curious if joeyg88 says “at least he can see him play” i wanna know how because i wouldnt mind watching KHL games. At least its hockey.

  8. illadelphiasphinest - Aug 29, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    I’d like to see how long he lasted. With no protection from the refs, and the intensity of how those guys would be going after him. He would be totally exposed as the injury prone, dirty player, cry baby that he truly is in the NHL. (He is super talented, and a great goal scorer. I can admit that) Sign him up!!!!!

    • alexb64 - Aug 29, 2012 at 2:55 PM

      “We should bring Crosby to the KHL, then wait for everyone to go after him with no repercussions so we could lose out on an investment & severely hurt our chances of acquiring other elite players in the future.” I don’t see that conversation going on anywhere.

    • amadeushack - Aug 29, 2012 at 9:35 PM

      I have about had it with the dirty player stuff that ppl keep saying. 95% of the players are dirty…. You put up with what ANY of the superstars (Crosby, Ovechkin, Malkin, Stamkos, etc….) have to put up with night in and night out and see how you react to it…… Personally I hope there is some truth to Crosby breaking Giroux’s wrists shows he is not gonna put up with BS from anyone….. Ovechkin was CONSTANTLY boarding and leaving his skates to hit ppl…. Malkin has a mean streak too if you keep messing with him…… I would not have that sort of tolerance for ppl sticking me, gloving my face AFTER the whistle and all of the BS that goes on in front of the net.

      Lookup some of the stuff that Messier (supposed superstar) did to players then come back to table and talk about dirty……

      • tatdue - Aug 30, 2012 at 9:29 AM

        “95% of players are dirty”? What league are you watching…”You hope there is some truth to Crosby breaking Giroux’s wrists”?…That comment alone says well enough about you…Don’t you have a wheel to invent or something?

  9. ray2013 - Aug 29, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    Has anyone ever watched an international game? It’s not like they’re playing in the old Chicago Stadium. They’d be playing on international ice which is a lot larger than the NHL ice size. He’d have a lot more room to skate and a lot less contact than in the NHL. He’d probably do pretty well there.

    • runtheball - Aug 29, 2012 at 8:48 PM

      It’s not the contact that would worry me as much as the travel. He safer flying to Columbus on an ultralight than one of those cold war puddle jumpers.

  10. billsin20xx - Aug 29, 2012 at 8:17 PM

    With the odd’s being that his next concussion will force him out of hockey, Pittsburgh should be happy if he plays in the KHL. Let them knock him out of hockey which I would hope for their sake would void the ridiculously long contract he signed.
    If not, I’m sure in this years NHL season he will end up out of hockey.

  11. bruin63 - Aug 29, 2012 at 9:34 PM

    ESPN3. On the internet if i have to spell it out. And Crosby is never going to go to Russia. He will get shot. But ov8 and Geno on Dynamo Moscow would be awesome.

  12. stakex - Aug 29, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    Just imagine for a second what would happen if Crosby did play in the KHL, and recieved another major concusion before he even starts his massive new contract? That would not go over well in Pittsburgh.

    • billsin20xx - Aug 30, 2012 at 11:28 AM

      See post above, it might be a good thing. He will suffer another (probably career ending) concussion this year and Pitt will be liable for his entire lifetime contract. If it happens in the KHL, it should void his NHL contract.

      • sportsfreak13 - Aug 30, 2012 at 3:02 PM

        Thanks for looking into your crystal ball o wise one. Please tell me whos going to win the next superbowl so i can go make my picks. (Read in a sarcastic voice for those unintellgent readers)

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