Originally written on PensInitiative  |  Last updated 11/20/14

NEWARK, NJ - DECEMBER 30: Evgeni Malkin #71 of the Pittsburgh Penguins looks on during the game against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on December 30, 2009 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Normally a talent like Evgeni Malkin would garner a ton of publicity for his first NHL season. Malkin was actually drafted by the Penguins in 2004, but his career did not begin until the 2006-07 season due to a transfer dispute between the National Hockey League (NHL) and the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). Maybe it was a bit of foreshadowing of things to come.  By the time he made his debut in 2006, Sidney Crosby had a year under his belt for the Penguins. It took a bit of the shine off of Malkin’s entrance into the league because he was second behind “The Next One”. Go ahead, read the rest »
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