According to Stephen Whyno of the Canadian Press, Dallas GM Jim Nill reportedly issued a statement Tuesday saying that the accusations were ‘completely untrue.’
“We have seen the reports that have surfaced out of Russia claiming that we have tampered and they are completely untrue,” Nill said. “The Dallas Stars organization respects the and adheres to all rules and regulations set forth by the National Hockey League and any report that claims otherwise is false.”
And shortly thereafter, Malkin’s agent — J.P. Barry — refuted the reports as well, saying that they never even had contact with the Stars.
“There were never any discussions with anyone except Pittsburgh,” Barry said. “In fact, the negotiations proceeded very smoothly and there was never any concern that he wouldn’t finalize an extension with the Penguins.”
Everything seems a little fishy at the moment, but eventually the NHL is going to get to bottom of this — and that could mean major penalties distributed.
Malkin signed a brand new eight-year extension worth $76 million this summer, and had one-year remaining on his previous contract.
He is a Pittsburgh Penguin’ through the 2021-22 campaign.