Evgeny Malkin's unbelievable story
OK KC hockey fans.
If Paul McGannon is telling the truth (unlikely) and there is still a possibility that the Penguins move here (probably just spin to save face), you HAVE to know about this story.
Evgeni Malkin, the Penguins #2 overall pick in the 2004 NHL Entry draft, disappeared from his Russian team while they were training in Finland.
It's a long story that I don't have time to go into. You should read about it yourself.
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Where in the world is Evgeny Malkin?
So, Evgeny Malkin, most likely, signed a contract to play one more season in Russia. But, he signed that contract under durress.
A plan was put in place to get smuggle Malkin out of Europe by having him disappear from his Russian club while training in Finland. He will, most likely, show up in the States or Canada in time to train with the Penguins next month.
When the details come out on this story it will be truly fascinating. I remember once hearing former Blade Michael Pivonka talk about how he fled the former Czechoslovakia. I'm sure this story will be equally as interesting.
I can tell you that this Malkin kid is absolutely, positively the real deal. He is Sidney Crosby, only bigger. I thought Malkin was terrific during this year's Olympic games.
I can't wait to see this guy play in the NHL. Now, it looks like it may happen this October.