While the rest of his Pittsburgh Penguins teammates got taped up before practice on Tuesday, Evgeni Malkin ducked off to the side and picked up a couple of personal items that'd been waiting for him during his four-month working vacation in his native Russia.
You know, just the Hart Trophy for being named the NHL's Most Valuable Player last season. Oh, and the Art Ross Trophy for leading the league in scoring, too.
Forgive Malkin if he hadn't bothered collecting two of the most hallowed awards earlier. The whole individual award thing isn't really his deal.
To be honest, the 26-year-old has his sights set on something a little more cherished this spring.
Malkin called 2011-12 a ''lucky'' season, even if scoring 50 goals and handing out 59 assists while carrying the Penguins for long stretches took something more than simple good fortune.
''I had a big injury and came back and played well,'' Malkin said. ''We had a great line, but we didn't win the Stanley Cup.''