Getty ImagesVladimir Malkin is the father of Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins. You may know him as the kindly old man that enthusiastically cheers for his son during the playoffs, along with his equally adorable wife.
Now you’ll know him as the guy who inadvertently sparked a tampering controversy in the 2013 offseason involving the Dallas Stars.
Papa Makin spoke with SovSport (via Dmitry) and indicated that the Stars had made his son an offer to play in Dallas.
Here’s the interview by Sergei Begishev and Pavel Lysenkov, via Dmitry Chesnokov of Puck Daddy:
The main event of the summer – Ilya Kovalchuk terminated his $100 million contract with New Jersey and came back to SKA. Could Evgeni Malkin do the same?
“I don’t think so. If Zhenya [short for Evgeni] wanted to, he would not be so quick to extend his contract with Pittsburgh, as happened this summer. Actually the Penguins were in no hurry to sign my son. The negotiations weren’t going well. But at the last moment when Zhenya was ready to go to Russia, Pittsburgh suddenly agreed to all the conditions [Malkin’s] agent put forward.”
They felt something…
“They got worried. Maybe they decided that he was ready to change his mind. They called early in the morning, Zhenya went to the office, signed everything, and a couple of hours he went to the airport.”
Would Malkin be able to go to a different team?
“You know, Dallas offered my son a bigger contract than Pittsburgh. And Zhenya replied ‘No, I don’t want [to go] there.’ And that’s when the Stars had already signed Sergei Gonchar. His [Malkin’s] best friend [Gonchar] was there. Why not agree to go there?
“But son said ‘If things in Pittsburgh were ever to go downhill and I would have to leave, I would pick the New York Rangers or the Montreal Canadiens. There are a few clubs, but I am in no rush to be in Dallas. But actually I don’t want to change houses, go somewhere. I am used to Pittsburgh - to the city and the team.’
“So, my son’s character is as such that he doesn’t like to jump from place to place. And as a father I think that if a player is a big star, then he often spends the entire career with one club in the NHL. Just like Datsyuk, Crosby, Ovechkin… There are plenty of examples. And if you start running, then you will never stop. What’s good about that?”
This is all very interesting.
No, not that part where Kovalchuk expedited Malkin's contract talks, despite Malkin re-signing weeks before Kovalchuk "reitred."
No, not that part where Malkin would leave the Penguins for the Rangers or Habs if things “don’t work out” – please modulate your salivation levels, respective fan bases.
No, it's the fact that there’s literally no way the Stars could have made an offer to Malkin without violating the NHL’s tampering laws.Read More »from Evgeni Malkin’s dad sparks tampering controversy with Dallas Stars