Stars GM Jim Nill says team did not tamper with Evgeni Malkin

The Dallas Stars today denied suggestions that they may have tampered with Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin.

The father of Malkin, in an interview with a Russian publication, indicated the Stars offered Malkin a bigger contract than the Penguins signed him to earlier this summer. Malkin, who was already under contract for 2013-14, signed an eight-year extension worth $76 million in June.

“We have seen the reports that have surfaced out of Russia claiming that we have tampered and they are completely untrue.  The Dallas Stars organization respects and adheres to all rules and regulations set forth by the National Hockey League and any report that claims otherwise is false,” stated Stars General Manager Jim Nill.

One Response to “Stars GM Jim Nill says team did not tamper with Evgeni Malkin”

  1. The Stars certainly wouldn’t have contacted Malkin or his agent without approval from the Penguins. Given the timing, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Pens and Stars were in trade discussions that could have involved Malkin. He had just one year left on his deal, so any team interested in acquiring him would have required an extension before a deal was completed. And that would require engaging the player/agent, with team approval, to see what it might take to get a deal done. As it turned out, Malkin likely decided he wanted to stay in Pittsburgh rather than get dealt, and he signed a new extension with the Pens instead. Nothing would have been said to the media about this because no deal was consummated. Leave it to Malkin’s dad to spill the beans. Loose lips, as they say…

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