As negotiations between Evgeni Malkin and the Pittsburgh Penguins stall on the eve of the free agent market opening on July 13, the 35-year-old veteran increasingly questions his future with the team, the site teases. Atletico.
“Do they want me? Malkin wrote in a text message sent to journalist Rob Rossi.
Rossi reports that Penguins general manager Ron Hextall hopes to make a trade to free up payroll space so he can negotiate more comfortably with Malkin, who spent his 16-year NHL career in Pittsburgh. Rossi adds that the two teams remain distant, even though they plan to reconnect after the NHL Draft, which ended Friday in Montreal.
According to our colleague Pierre LeBrun, the duration of the next agreement would be the main obstacle to an agreement.
“I think if the Penguins last four years, with something like an average annual salary of around $ 7 million, a deal will be made. I think it has stopped at 3 years so far in the negotiations. But you know, with the days until the free agent market opens, there is at least a small glimmer of hope on the horizon that they can find common ground. “
The Russian suffered a second serious knee injury in his career in 2021 and made it to the playoffs despite the reluctance of those around him. The Penguins were eliminated in six games by the New York Islanders and Malkin spent the following summer recovering. His rehabilitation took him to January and he finished the season with 20 goals and 22 assists in 41 games, as Pittsburgh failed to advance to the first round of the playoffs for a fourth straight season.
Rossi reports that Malkin believes the next contract he signs will be his last in the NHL. Malkin has just completed an 8-year contract worth $ 76 million signed in 2013.
Gaudreau: the optimist Fiamme
Less than a week after the opening of the free agent market, one of the hottest deals is that of striker Johnny Gaudreau, who has not yet found common ground with the Calgary Flames.
According to TSN reporter Salim Valji, Flames CEO Brad Treliving remains confident he can extend the team’s bond with Gaudreau, although the latter has not yet indicated whether he will accept the offer. Filed 8 years with an average annual salary of $ 9.5 million a month ago.
“We remain optimistic,” said Trelving during the draft in Montreal, reiterating that the club’s priority is to reach an agreement with Gaudreau and his linemate Matthew Tkachuk, who will become a limited free agent.
“They are important players and it is on them that we will focus in the next few days … I am always optimistic until someone tells me otherwise.”
Nichushkin under contract soon?
Colorado Avalanche and forward Valeri Nichushkin are close to agree terms of contract extension, site Adrian Dater reports Hockey in Colorado now.
Andy Strickland from Bally Sport Midwest he also reported that the two camps are ready for an agreement.
Dater adds that he believes it will be a long-term deal for the 27-year-old, who has just completed a $ 5 million two-year deal. On Wednesday he can become an unlimited free agent.
Born in Chelyabinsk, Russia, Nichushkin has scored 25 goals and 27 assists this season. He then shone in the playoffs with 9 goals and 6 assists in 20 games.