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Malkin’s agent says he never considered leaving Pittsburgh

Aug 13, 2013, 7:18 PM EDT

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Evgeni Malkin‘s agent J.P. Barry told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that the star forward never pondered joining the Dallas Stars or any other NHL team besides the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Instead, Barry insisted on Tuesday that the contract extension talks were “super smooth.”

“The negotiations with Pittsburgh went very smoothly,” Barry said. “Ray Shero, David Morehouse, Ron Burkle and Mario Lemieux showed a willingness throughout to find a fair structure for both sides. Evgeni was very pleased that this negotiation was concluded amicably as his wishes were always to remain in Pittsburgh.”

The 27-year-old backed that statement up via a text message to the Tribune-Review, stating that he hopes to “only play for Pittsburgh.”

Malkin’s father Vladimir mentioned that the Dallas Stars might have made an offer to Malkin in Sovetsky Sport, yet the Stars denied any rumors of tampering.

The Tribune-Review and Dallas Morning News report that the NHL isn’t investigating possible tampering. With that and Malkin’s eight-year, $76 million extension in mind, it seems that it’s all a moot point (if it even happened in the first place).

  1. stinkpretty1 - Aug 13, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    Would be a massive penalty, St. Louis Blues were really shafted from the Scott Stevens tampering!

  2. icelovinbrotha215 - Aug 13, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    The only way Geno would leave Pittsburgh is if Shero decided to trade him. He loves PIT and PIT loves him back. I see no reason why he would want to leave.

    • chanceoffleury1 - Aug 13, 2013 at 11:08 PM

      The only reason anybody ever chooses to leave the Pens/Bruins/Wings/Hawks or any other world class organization nowadays: money. As far as I can see their organizations are top notch from upper management down to the guys who work the players parking lot gate. Great fans, a winning tradition in the post-salary cap era, well respected coaches, other superstars that inflate your stats. The only sensible reason to leave a top organization like that is because they seem to be more strict on salary negotiations. If you aren’t willing to sacrifice some of your potential salary you won’t play for those organizations.

      • hockeyflow33 - Aug 14, 2013 at 12:49 AM

        Horton left the B’s because he didn’t like playing in a hockey market

      • icelovinbrotha215 - Aug 14, 2013 at 6:56 AM

        Most organizations operate that way, not just the aforementioned four listed in the beginning of your paragraph. Money usually is the deciding factor in life, not just sports.

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