By Bobby Bauders
According to multiple reports, the Chicago Blackhawks are trying to acquire center Evgeni Malkin from the Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins. To put it bluntly, that’s complete BS.
The Chicago Blackhawks are venturing into cap hell. Yes General Manager Stan Bowman is a cap wizard, but there’s no spell he can use to swing Malkin.
The Hawks currently sit with $5M of cap room left BEFORE re-signing major players such as Andrew Shaw.
The only way I can see a Malkin trade happening is if one of the following players are involved: Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith, or Brent Seabrook. I can’t see Bowman trading any one of these players. Maybe, and that’s a huge maybe, Brent Seabrook, but still unlikely.
A rumored deal I saw was Marian Hossa and Niklas Hjalmarsson for Malkin. While I’m sure the Pens would love to acquire Hjalmarsson, no way they take back Hossa. Hossa’s days are numbered, they’d be trading Malkin for a player with 1 or 2 years left. That makes no sense.
Not to mention Malkin wants to stay in Pittsburgh and has a No Movement Clause that he would have to waive. It’s not even a limited NMC. Why would he want to leave? He just had a kid and will be getting married soon.
Oh, and he just won the Stanley Cup! Why would you win the Stanley Cup and then promptly leave the team, who by the way looks good enough to make a repeat. It makes no sense.
This rumor was probably started by an “insider” who wants more followers. Evgeni Malkin is not leaving the Pittsburgh Penguins.