Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/14/13
Evgeni Malkin never entertained thoughts about playing for an NHL team other than the Penguins his agent said Tuesday. J.P. Barry told the Tribune-Review negotiations with the Penguins for Malkin's contract were “super smooth because both sides wanted to get something done quickly.” Malkin agreed to an eight-year $76 million (total) contract in June — within days of the Penguins' season-ending loss to Boston in the Eastern Conference final. The deal kicks in after the upcoming season. Negotiations with the Penguins did not include Malkin's parents Vladimir and Natalia. A report Monday from the Russia newspaper Sovietsky Sport quoted Vladimir Malkin saying negotiations with the Penguins were difficult and that his son had considered playing for other teams — including the Dallas Stars New York Rangers and Montreal Canadiens. Vladimir Malkin in the Russian report also said Dallas made his son a more lucrative offer. The Stars issued a statement Tuesday denying they made an offer to a player under contract for another team which would have placed them in violation of anti-tampering rules. The NHL is not looking into potential tampering by Dallas or other clubs. Evgeni Malkin in a text message reiterated Tuesday a previous statement that he desired “only to play for Pittsburgh” where he is building a home. Also there were no discussions about joining Dallas between Malkin and his best friend Sergei Gonchar Gonchar said. The Stars acquired Gonchar several weeks before Malkin agreed to his new deal with the Penguins.
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