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Stars deny tampering with Malkin

Aug 13, 2013, 4:35 PM EDT

Evgeni Malkin AP

The Dallas Stars deny they tampered with Evgeni Malkin by offering the Penguins star a contract while he was Pittsburgh property.

“We have seen the reports that have surfaced out of Russia claiming that we have tampered and they are completely untrue,” said Stars general manager Jim Nill in a statement to the Dallas Morning News.

“The Dallas Stars organization respects and adheres to all rules and regulations set forth by the National Hockey League and any report that claims otherwise is false.”

Nill’s statement comes in response to an interview that Malkin‘s father, Vladimir, had with Russian newspaper Sovetsky Sport in which he claimed that the Stars offered his son an even bigger contract than the eight-year, $76-million extension he signed with the Penguins in June.

Was Malkin’s father mistaken then? Maybe.

Or, could both men in fact be telling the truth? Earlier today, we suggested it was possible the Stars made a contract offer — perhaps just an informal “what if we were to give you this?” type of thing — as part of a trade discussion between the two teams. (Remember, there were rumors.) But that’s purely speculation on our part.

According to Morning News reporter Mike Heika, the NHL does not appear to be investigating this matter any further.

  1. vstar1us - Aug 13, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    Let me be the first comment, who cares!

  2. killerpgh - Aug 13, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    “The Dallas Stars organization respects and adheres to all rules and regulations set forth by the National Hockey League and any report that claims otherwise is false.”
    Unless that rule involves a Stanley Cup clinching goal and a skate in the crease….

  3. chanceoffleury1 - Aug 13, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    If all communication was done verbally than there is probably no paper trail. If that’s the case then Malkins camp could never prove anything. I’m sure IF Dallas even did anything questionable they made sure to cover their tracks. I’m sure it happens more often than we hear about, but the reason we never hear about it is because there is no evidence. If Malkin doesn’t have an email or recorded conversation or something then it’s nothing more than the Malkin family’s word against the Stars’ organization’s word.

    • drone501 - Aug 15, 2013 at 5:20 AM

      vlad and his wife are almost as popular in pittsburgh as gino. gino has a brother named dennis. go figure.

  4. nhstateline - Aug 13, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    You were expecting them to confirm the story maybe ? After what happened with Jerome Iginla, Sidney Crosby, the Pens and the Bruins last spring, Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh media and the Pens fans are literally the last three groups in pro hockey that has any leg to stand on about tampering complaints. Better to spend their time enjoying the stretch run of a great Bucco season.

    • pens5829 - Aug 13, 2013 at 7:25 PM

      Another jealous troll heard from.

      • nhstateline - Aug 14, 2013 at 12:05 PM

        jealous of what exactly ? The Bruins swept the Penguins in the playoffs. All the stuff that subsequently came out showed the Bruins could have proven a tampering charge if they chose to go that route. Any whining from Pittsburgh about someone doing it with one of their players (but the when don’t the Pens whine ?) ? Straight up hypocrites. Jealous of WPA and Pittsburgh ? Nah, it’s a nice town but Boston’s a truly great city and I’ve lived in both of them and can make that evaluation. Now go back to worrying about who the Stillers third string qb is going to be…….

      • mmmpierogi - Aug 14, 2013 at 4:38 PM

        Whining and hypocrisy, you say?

        You must have missed the whining and pouting coming out of Beantown after Iginla wound up not going there (I live in CT and it was evident among Bruins fans here — maybe just the really whiny ones move here?). And there’s definitely no hypocrisy coming from any Bruins fan who ragged on Iginla between the period when he signed up through the end of the Pens-Bruins series, but then promptly shut their mouths once he wound up signing in Boston. Apparently it’s not hypocrisy if it’s done out bitterness.

        Also, where do you get the idea that anyone directly affiliated with the Pens organization was whining about tampering? This came from Malkin’s dad, not from the team. Didn’t bother to read the article, did you?

    • tru2joelu4eva - Aug 13, 2013 at 9:42 PM

      it’s “jarome”.

    • whiskytango333 - Aug 14, 2013 at 9:43 AM

      Exactly how did the Penguins tamper with the Bruins and Iginla last season?

    • hockey412 - Aug 14, 2013 at 11:37 AM

      No one is complaining – not in Pittsburgh, not in Russia, not in Dallas…not as far as I can tell. Maybe Malkin’s Dad said too much, maybe he was confused. The story is being blown up because it’s August, and there’s far too many fish in the water with no food.

      I’d have to think it’s idiotic to say making an offer to a player under contract is equal on any level to a supposed phone conversation saying “we want you here, we think we can do this”. Did Parise ‘tamper’ with Suter? Or is that different because neither of them played for Minnesota at the time they decided they’d probably go to Minnesota together? Some things just happen…the boys are going to talk. Whether or not Crosby “tampered” by the league’s rules, who knows…but I’d hardly call this the same situation.

      But again…I haven’t seen any complaining…not sure who you’re even addressing?

    • hockey412 - Aug 14, 2013 at 1:02 PM

      “All the stuff that subsequently came out showed the Bruins could have proven a tampering charge if they chose to go that route.”

      That is the biggest pile of sh*t I’ve ever read. I understand you have creative license for your thoughts here, but no one, ever, in any position of actual power in the league, EVER, said they could have proven anything.

      I think you are either confused, or just very pro-Boston.

    • drone501 - Aug 15, 2013 at 5:23 AM

      agree. go bucs.

  5. pone27 - Aug 13, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    Sounds like typical pro sports politics.

    Topic over.

  6. pensman29 - Aug 13, 2013 at 9:10 PM


  7. nyrnashty - Aug 13, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    Malkins dad said this to take the heat off of Crosby at the DMV! They’re all in this together lol. Seriously though at least this offseason isn’t dominated with ways to change our game for the worse like figuring out ways to have less defense, more goal scoring etc. I read something last summer that it should be illegal to leave your feet to block a shot. Some of these fat writers should try playing haha!

  8. murtdurt - Aug 14, 2013 at 2:53 AM

    If true that’s extremely ratty of Jim Nill and the Dallas stars. Nom nom rat boy

  9. ironman721 - Aug 15, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    Slow news day!?! Malkin is in Pittsburgh. Nothing else really matters. Time to move on.

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