There’s reports out of Russia today that the KHL has reeled in their first big star should the NHL lock players out. That player happens to be Pittsburgh Penguins star Evgeni Malkin. Malkin agreed to a deal with Metallurg Magnitogorsk, his hometown team. There’s no details on the deal but Malkin was rumored to be looking for a week by week contract that would allow him to return to the NHL when the lockout ends.
Reports out of Russia say that Penguins center Evgeni Malkin has agreed to a contract to play for Metallurg Magnitogorsk in the Kontinental Hockey League if the start of the 2012-13 NHL season is delayed by a lockout.
J.P. Barry, who is Malkin’s agent, confirmed that Malkin has spoken with teams in Moscow and Magnitogorsk about a week-to-week agreement that would allow him to play during a lockout, if there is one, but that nothing has been finalized. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
I’m sure we start hearing about more such deals as we near the September 15th, the date the current CBA is set to expire.