NHL Lockout: Evgeni Malkin Plans To Join KHL; Could Sidney Crosby, Too?

UNIONDALE, NY - APRIL 11: Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins congratulates Evgeni Malkin #71 on his second period goal against the New York Islanders at the Nassau Coliseum on April 11, 2010 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Evgeni Malkin has stated he plans to play in the KHL in the event of a lockout, but he also indicated that teammate Sidney Crosby might join him overseas.

With pessimism surrounding the NHL labor negotiations and a lockout looming, star Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin has indicated he'll play overseas in Russia if there is a work stoppage. Malkin, the 2012 Art Ross Trophy winner and Hart Trophy winner, told Pavel Lysenkov of Sovietsky Sport in Russia that he would play for Metallurg Magnitogorsk in the KHL if a lockout occurs. Malkin played with Metallurg for three seasons prior to joining the Penguins. Both sides have reportedly already engaged in discussions about a potential week-to-week contract in the event of a lockout.

Malkin also dished an update on his superstar teammate, Sidney Crosby. The Russian said Crosby may play in the KHL in the event of a lockout., but he would not play there in 2012. Malkin told Lynsenkov that Crosby wouldn't come over to Russia unless the entire season was canceled, and that the Pens captain would wait until after Christmas to make that move.

For more on Malkin, Crosby, and the Penguins, visit Pensburgh.

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