Imminent free agent Evgeny Malkin wants to retire in Pittsburgh but “if the team says you should move on, I’m fine”

The Pittsburgh Penguins have an offseason mission ahead of them that could transform the landscape of the D.C. department. Few of the key players, whom they helped win several Stanley Cups, would be free agents with no strings attached. Includes Russian star Yevgeny Malkin.

Malkin spoke to the media on Tuesday on the day the pens broke down. The main topic of discussion was his future with the franchise. The Russian Center wants to retire in Pittsburgh, but the pens may have other plans.

“I think I’m still a good player and I think good players sign good contracts,” Malkin said. “I hope we sign a good deal. I can only say now that I want to play like three or four years. Money is not a big thing, but I have a family, I have parents, I want a good future for them.”

“I understand that it is a business,” he continued. “I love this city, I love these fans so much. But if the team wants young blood and new men and says ‘You have to move on’, I’m fine. I hope to stay here. I hope to retire here.”

Some of these comments sound a little louder than others when paired with a report that came from Rob Rossi of The Athletic. Russian 93.7 the fan went and said The Penguins offered Malik and Chris Letang three-year deals totaling $15 million and $5 million annually. Rossi added that those “low performances” were said to have upset captain Sidney Crosby.

“I think we all feel the same way. We have been fortunate enough to play together for such a long time,” Crosby said himself on the day of the breakup. “There is a lot of faith and trust in each other. We understand that it is not something that can happen forever, but we hope it will take a little longer.”

“Three (more years), for sure, and then we’ll see after that,” Syed continued when asked how long he thought he had left in his career. “I don’t want to outrun myself too much. Three for sure. I’m glad Geno said three and Tanga said maybe 5 plus. I’m not surprised by any of these answers.”

The other two big pieces set to become unrestricted free agents are Letang and striker Bryan Rust.

You want to maximize everything,” Rust said when it was his turn in front of the reporters. “But I think for me, it got to a point where I feel like I’ve got what I’ve earned and what I feel I deserve. I feel like I’ve played at a higher level than what my contract has said in the last few years. Going forward, just getting something fair and I feel that it will benefit me and my family going forward. feet”.

Letang played his cards close to his chest, refusing to say anything about any contract negotiations.

“In terms of contracts, Hexy (Ron Hextall) and I were clear we didn’t mention anything to anyone. It stays between me and the team,” he said.

Big names who also need new contracts include Kasperi Kapanen, Rickard Rakell, Danton Heinen, Evan Rodrigues, Brian Boyle, Nathan Beaulieu, Casey DeSmith, Louis Domingue and Alex D’Orio. All of these players have made contributions to the pens on smaller contracts and will be looking for raises.

The potential availability of owners may raise some eyebrows in the capital. With reports that Nicklas Backstrom may be headed for surgery with a long-term recovery, Geno is likely a good fit for the capitals. If Backstrom’s $9.2 million salary is played on the injured long-term reserve, that would open up maximum space for a potential signing for two owners.

Malkin is already good friends with the core of the Russian capital which includes Alex Ovechkin, Yevgeny Kuznetsov, Dmitry Orlov, Ilya Samsonov, Alexei Protas (Belarus), and Alexander Alekseev.

Anyway, this should be an interesting summer.

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