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Malkin, Gonchar make deals with KHL’s Metallurg

Sep 16, 2012, 2:58 AM EDT

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KHL team Metallurg Magnitogorsk signed Evgeni Malkin and Sergei Gonchar to deals mere hours after the NHL officially locked out players, Pavel Lysenkov reports.

Here’s a link to the team’s press release, via Seth Rorabaugh.

Pittsburgh Penguins fans hoping for an ultimate reunion might be disappointed to hear Lysenkov’s report that Nikolai Kulemin is expected to be Metallurg’s third NHL import instead of Sidney Crosby.

Both Malkin and Kulemin are Metallurg alumni, including the season they played for Dave King, which was chronicled in the book “King of Russia.”

That’s not all the Penguins-related KHL news for the night, either.

Dmitry Chesnokov reports that Kris Letang might also ply his trade overseas.

(Idea: if Letang and Crosby end up on the same KHL team, they should square off against Malkin/Gonchar in a 2-on-2 match, “NBA Jam” style. Just throwing it out there.)

  1. stakex - Sep 16, 2012 at 3:31 AM

    This is something else thats worth pointing out before people freak out and blame only the owners for this mess. Don’t forget that unlike the last lockout, a lot of teams are going to lose money this time around. Most of the players though? They will go play somewhere else and still get paid. So they are doing what they love, and still getting paid for it. Kinda hard to care all that much about a lockout at that point. Perhaps thats why the NHLPA has pretty much dug in on their first offer…

    Thats not to say I blame the players more then the owners (though its close), just that everyone really needs to think long and hard if the owners are nearly as much to blame as they have been given credit for. To me, its prettym uch a 50/50 split right now.

    • blomfeld - Sep 16, 2012 at 3:02 PM

      “So they are doing what they love” …

      Go look up the definition of “love” you idiot ! All it took was for a few dollars to be taken away from these parasites and look what’s happened ? … no more hockey. Yeah pal, I guess that’s real love eh ? … what an effing joke …

  2. dtob79 - Sep 16, 2012 at 4:55 AM

    Please don’t get hurt.

  3. streetskater1989 - Sep 16, 2012 at 7:34 AM

    Even if that awesome “nba jam” style tandems happen most of us will never see it.

  4. mgd420 - Sep 16, 2012 at 8:19 AM

    How pissed are owners going to be when it is their big money player that gets seriously hurt playing in another country while they have a dick swinging contest with the nhlpa?

  5. ducksk - Sep 16, 2012 at 8:44 AM

    Ruskie traitor. Never trust them. So he took some other kids spot on the ruskie team…..while he made 8 million here. Hope he stays there.

  6. malkinrulez - Sep 16, 2012 at 9:14 AM

    Ha! Ha! Jealousy is so ugly!

  7. ducksk - Sep 16, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    Jealous of what? A great hockey player making 8 million? Not. He can’t do basic math or a man willing to walk over the line for another’s job? Hey idiot, I don’t worship any of these guys, great talent sure. Jealous of what? Their $.? I hope they all head out. And don’t come back.

    • blomfeld - Sep 17, 2012 at 3:31 PM

      ducksk – I’m with you friend, though with the Russians you have to remember that words like “loyalty” and “integrity” don’t even exist in their miserable language … and so in a way you can’t really blame them. It’s the players like Parise, Suter, Weber, Doan and Luongo who really make me sick however. Like adversity, they say that the “possession of wealth” reveals a person’s true character, whether that be for the better or for the worse. Well we’re now sure seeing what these player’s true characters are, eh ?

  8. id4joey - Sep 16, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    I hope these guys boycott the NHL don’t when and if the NHL resumes this year. That would be an effective move to stick it to the owners.

  9. phillyphannn83 - Sep 16, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    How ironic if Malkin accidentally puts his shoulder into Sids head for another season-ending concussion. That’s the NHL’s ultimate nightmare. Can’t lose Sid. Hes their dreamchild.

    • crosberries - Sep 16, 2012 at 2:10 PM

      Remind me where pronger is playing during the lockout? You Philly dbags never shut up even when it comes to players lives. Pretty typical from people that live in eastern pa.

      • windmiller4 - Sep 17, 2012 at 1:17 AM

        It seems like both Philly/Pittsburgh fanbases are morons who do nothing but talk about the other teams concussed players. Which as you mentioned is sad because it can be life threatening and end a players career

  10. cosmoandmelovepens - Sep 16, 2012 at 10:51 PM

    I honestly think if it was only crosbys decision, he would be fine with the new deal, so he can play. I think he is truly one of the only NHL players that would do that

  11. hockeylifenow - Sep 16, 2012 at 11:51 PM

    Join my facbook group “no lockout nhl” lets get a huge fan response and show the nhl and nhlpa our passion and love for the game!

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