Even though forward Evgeni Malkin has already been signed to a brand new eight-year deal this summer, there was apparently another team coveting the superstar should he hadn’t of.
Allan Muir, writer for Sports Illustrated online, is reporting that an article published on SovSport Tuesday stated that Malkin’s father — Vladimir Malkin — said that his son was receiving strong interest from the Dallas Stars.
Although Dallas couldn’t sign him until the 2013-14 campaign concluded, allegedly the team had already offered Malkin a substantial deal — more lucrative than the one he received from Pittsburgh.
This is what Malkin’s father reportedly said regarding the situation:
“You know, Dallas offered him a greater deal than Pittsburgh. And he said, ‘No, I do not want to go there.’ And Geno said he wasn’t torn about not going to Dallas. He didn’t want to change houses. ’I'm used to Pittsburgh, the city and team,’ he said.”
While Muir suggested that this might’ve been the case of a misinterpretation of what Malkin’s father actually said, where it gets intriguing is that Dallas couldn’t have talked to the superstar because he was still under contract with the Pens.
And if that’s the case, this article could turn into a much bigger issue.
An issue that surrounds the topic of tampering.
Should these statements from Malkin’s father turn out to be true, we could be in for major punishments towards the Dallas organization.
One of the reasons Dallas might’ve been interested in number-71 is because they signed defenseman — and best friend of Malkin — Sergei Gonchar this summer.
Stay tuned for more information regarding this predicament.