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Why did Malkin’s dad say Dallas made his son an offer?

Aug 13, 2013, 10:52 AM EDT

Evgeni Malkin AP

Questions are being asked after Evgeni Malkin‘s father, Vladimir, spoke with Russian newspaper Sovetsky Sport and claimed that the Dallas Stars offered his son an even bigger contract than the eight-year, $76-million extension he signed with the Pittsburgh Penguins in June.

Per Pensburgh, here’s a translation of that part of the interview:

Q: So could Malkin have gone to a different team?

A: You know, Dallas was offering my son an even bigger contract than Pittsburgh, and Zhenya (Russian nickname for Evgeni) responded “No, I don’t want to go there.” They signed Sergei Gonchar. His best friend is playing there. Why not take it?

Zhenya said “If at some point things don’t work out with the Penuins and I have to leave, I’d rather go to the New York Rangers or Montreal Canadiens. There are several clubs. But I’m not rushing to Dallas. And I wouldn’t like the change of moving my house and going somewhere else. I got used to Pittsburgh, the city and the team.”

My son’s nature is such that he doesn’t like to hop from place to place. As a father, I think, if the player – a big star, often spends his entire career with the same NHL team. Same as Datsyuk, Crosby, Ovechkin. There are many examples. And if you start running then you can’t stop. What good is that?

Now, obviously, if the Stars offered Malkin a contract without the Penguins’ knowledge, that was tampering, since he was still under contract to Pittsburgh. What’s also possible (and we’d have to think more likely) is that the offer was made as part of a trade discussion between the two teams.

For now, let’s just wait and see if anyone clarifies the situation.

  1. jpelle82 - Aug 13, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    with the history of trades between these two clubs for years, it wouldnt surprise me if there was a talk but probably not a real offer at any point of the process. when i say that i mean that shero probably WAS involved or at least answered the phone when it rang.

  2. hockey412 - Aug 13, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    I think instead of interviewing players the press should speak to the parents 100% of the time. Who knows what the real story is, Malkin had one more year on his old contract so maybe Dallas was inquiring as to what he’d accept if they were to try a trade, etc….all speculation, but I’d bet there’s a LOT more tampering in the league than people admit.

    • govtminion - Aug 13, 2013 at 11:27 AM

      As with on-ice penalties, it’s only illegal if you get caught. ;)

      • endusersolutions2013 - Aug 13, 2013 at 12:38 PM

        So would you support having judges rinkside with cards to hold up to grade flops that arn’t called?

      • govtminion - Aug 13, 2013 at 12:54 PM

        Not only would I support it, I demand it be made mandatory for the upcoming season.

      • whosennext - Aug 13, 2013 at 3:28 PM

        On-ice Penalties??? What a joke. They get caught. The refs stand and watch the penalties and still do not call them. On top of that, what penalty is called in the first period, is not called in the third period or overtime. If the refs want the players to decide the game late, them put the whistle down all together. If the players know they will be whistled throughout the game and all season, they will adjust how they play. At some point they will lose ice time if their penalty cost their team a win all the time.

  3. stinkpretty1 - Aug 13, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    Lost in translation

    #MartinHiringIsUnderrated

  4. steelers88 - Aug 13, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    Shouldn’t Dallas be penalized for giving Malkin a contract while he was under contract? Is that not tampering?

    • bigblackzaranek - Aug 13, 2013 at 12:31 PM

      “Now, obviously, if the Stars offered Malkin a contract without the Penguins’ knowledge, that was tampering, since he was still under contract to Pittsburgh. What’s also possible (and we’d have to think more likely) is that the offer was made as part of a trade discussion between the two teams.”

      I realize it’s tough, but at least try to read the article…

    • biasedhomer - Aug 13, 2013 at 12:40 PM

      Try to read more than just the title next time.

  5. penguins2946 - Aug 13, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    I can think of 2 possibilities:

    1. Malkin has an agent based in Russia that isn’t certified by the NHL along with his NHL agent. Nill could have easily gone to his Russian agent and offered a ludicrous offer to go to Dallas. If Jim Nill called that guy, instead of JP Barry–his recognized agent by the NHL–and spit some numbers at him…that might not constitute tampering as defined in the CBA. Smart tactic if that’s what he did.

    2. There were talks between Dallas and Pittsburgh of a sign-and-trade for Malkin to go there. That explains why the Stars brought in Gonchar, who is Malkin’s best friend, especially considering how much they didn’t need another PMD. When the Stars learned that Malkin wasn’t interested in leaving Pittsburgh, they made their trade for another 1C in Seguin. Nill wanted to make a bold move this offseason. His original target was Malkin. When that didn’t work, he went after Seguin. That’s probably what actually happened.

    Now, just for fun, let’s speculate on what it would have taken to get Malkin in Dallas. Benn would probably have been the center piece of that deal, to replace Malkin as Pittsburgh’s 2C. Pens would probably have wanted goalie prospect Campbell as well, along with another top prospect. My guess would be:

    Benn, Campbell, Chiasson and the 9th overall pick for Malkin

    Fair or no? Not that I’d do that as a Pens fan, but I think that’s a fair deal for both sides.

  6. malkinrulez - Aug 13, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    In order for an offer to be made to Malkin the teams would have had to agree on compensation, financial offers are typically made to the players after the teams agree to a trade. I don’t believe for a minute the Pens ever entertained any offers for Geno. And if someone called asking about trade Shero’s next move was to tell Geno or his agent that the Stars had a better contract offer? Something doesn’t smell right here

  7. pensfan1 - Aug 14, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    I agree – with the current contract in place I don’t believe any real inquiries were made. Best guess might be Gonchar asked about Malkin joining him in Dallas IF a discussion came up later near the end of Malkins contract. Since the extension came before that then everything was just talk and not more than rumor.

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