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Malkin's take on a KHL exodus

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07:30 AM ET 08.02 | According to Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin one significant departure does not a trend make. [Malkin] told R-Sport on Thursday that he was doubtful there would be a mass exodus of the NHL's Russian stars following Ilya Kovalchuk's recent departure and called the former New Jersey Devils star's defection to the KHL an "exception to the rule." "Ilya's chosen this path, and I've got no right to judge him," Malkin said. "They're saying that this will become a trend, but it's really an exception to the rule." Last month, Kovalchuk signed a four-year deal with SKA St. Petersburg, days after abruptly walking away from a 15-year, $100 million contract with the Devils that was set to pay him $77 million over the next 12 years.

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August 2, 2013  08:16 AM ET

If you read between the lines, he is really saying he can't wait to play for the Devils. If you need me, I'll be banging my head against the wall, again.

August 2, 2013  08:41 AM ET

I do agree with him though....hardly a trend.

August 2, 2013  09:16 AM ET

Malkin's take on a KHL exodus

He knows how difficult it is to part the Red Army.

August 2, 2013  09:30 AM ET

Simple answer is we will see. And if I were a betting man, I would bet Radulov and Kovy will be the only two good Russian players to jump to the KHL. Mass exodus, I don't think so, but will they be the only two, I don't think so.

August 2, 2013  09:31 AM ET

Will not be the only two I meant.

August 2, 2013  09:51 AM ET

There will always be FAs jumping to the KHL when they can get a better deal. What makes Kovy's departure unusual is it came in the middle of a contract. Maybe it was the Devil's not being able to make payroll at the end of the season, or maybe it was something else. The cynic in me believes that there was some kind of deal struck between Kovy and the Devils.

August 2, 2013  09:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Malkin's take on a KHL exodusHe knows how difficult it is to part the Red Army.

I got it.

August 2, 2013  09:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

The cynic in me believes that there was some kind of deal struck between Kovy and the Devils.

The one thing that bothers me about Kovalchuk's reverse defection is he had an NHL contract.

Then he retired.

Then like Lazarus he rose from the dead.

He wasn't a free agent.

That seems wrong on some level. You might be right.

August 2, 2013  10:04 AM ET
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The one thing that bothers me about Kovalchuk's reverse defection is he had an NHL contract.Then he retired.Then like Lazarus he rose from the dead.He wasn't a free agent.That seems wrong on some level. You might be right.

A cap deal?

August 2, 2013  10:06 AM ET
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The cynic in me believes that there was some kind of deal struck between Kovy and the Devils.

Of course there was. Cap recapture hit is near nil. If he did this in any of the next few years it would be 3+ mil. Lou finally got his way, and got to tell the owner told ya so.

August 2, 2013  10:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I got it.

That was writen for those reading on their 'tablets.'

August 2, 2013  10:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

That was writen for those reading on their 'tablets.'

I prefer to hand them down from on high...

August 2, 2013  10:50 AM ET
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I prefer to hand them down from on high...

Let my people go...

August 2, 2013  10:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

I prefer to hand them down high...

Fixed.

August 2, 2013  11:01 AM ET

"Malkin's take on a KHL exodus"

FCOL! One guy jumping ship does not an EXODUS make! What's wrong with these guys? Are they on a hyperbole diet?

August 2, 2013  11:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Malkin's take on a KHL exodus He knows how difficult it is to part the Red Army.

Where he'd be playing, he'd need a Navy icebreaker.

August 2, 2013  11:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

"Malkin's take on a KHL exodus"FCOL! One guy jumping ship does not an EXODUS make! What's wrong with these guys? Are they on a hyperbole diet?

But that's the world now, isn't it?
3 points in an election is a landslide

August 2, 2013  11:26 AM ET
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But that's the world now, isn't it? 3 points in an election is a landslide

Yep. And a 2 goal lead in a hockey game is a blowout.

August 2, 2013  11:31 AM ET
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The one thing that bothers me about Kovalchuk's reverse defection is he had an NHL contract.Then he retired.Then like Lazarus he rose from the dead.He wasn't a free agent.That seems wrong on some level. You might be right.

Sure there was a deal. If the Devils and the league don't sign off on his retirement papers he is still a Devil. It was a favor to the Devils that the league allowed him to leave.

 
August 2, 2013  12:34 PM ET
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Sure there was a deal. If the Devils and the league don't sign off on his retirement papers he is still a Devil. It was a favor to the Devils that the league allowed him to leave.

Can they give us another favor and give Parise back (though not with that contract).

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