Saturday, August 12, 2006

Malkin steals into the night!

Holy fuckin' intrigue! Looks like we've got an old-fashioned, '80s-style sports defection on our hands here, folks.

MOSCOW, Aug 12 (Reuters) - Evgeni Malkin, the Pittsburgh Penguins' number one pick in 2004, has fled from his Russian club Metallurg Magnitogorsk days after agreeing a new contract, local media reported on Saturday.

News agency Itar-Tass, citing a source within the club, reported that Malkin had disappeared from Metallurg's training camp in Finland.

"Malkin secretly left the club, taking his belongings and his passport," the source said. Metallurg officials were not immediately available for comment.
What a bizarre development, considering the kid just signed a new one-year deal with Metallurg, like, this week. But hey, if you're Pittsburgh, you've got to like the force of his conviction.

Check out the rest of the story here.

12 comments:

Alana said...

Ha! That's Awesome! Hopefully he packed Mikhnov in his luggage.

Jordi said...

Mikhnov needs to come in a case the size of a shopping trolley. This is kind of nifty. I'm sure he wont suddenly be whisked back to Russia in the middle of the night with men in big coats and funny accents. Or cry and request a trade.

Alex said...

My favorite quote, courtesy of this story:

"They all like to talk about democracy, the American way and then they shamelessly steal our best players. This is pure sports terrorism," said the Metallurg general director.

joninabox said...

If only there was some way to prove it, I would bet that this entire thing is entangled with organized crime. Malkin signs a two year deal, only to leave a week later? Maybe he didn't really want to sign the deal.

Jordi said...

I'm not cmpletely too into the idea that every Russian hockey player signs a contract in a smoking basement with angry wodka drinking men and a gun pointed to his groin area. Malkin is only 20, maybe he just didn't want to wait.

He even opened a restaurant over there, this guy is particularly optimistic of his future.

joninabox said...

I think some people underestimate the influence of organized crime in Russia to this day.

Anonymous said...

I think that the restaraunt was opened for him by his employers as a perq - prison-themed translates to no decorating/furnishing budget.

Jordi said...

I'm not completely aware of the extent in which organised crime will be involved but I dunno... It's... Creepy. I do know one Russian woman who can't get her mother out of Russia and her money was taken by the government. Maybe I'm just too naive to think that they will force someone to sign a hockey contract.

With that being said, I still reckon that Malkin chose himself to dash rather than "help! I can't escape!". I wonder what he chose as his inflight meal?

Anonymous said...

he should starve himself on the planes until he sets foot in the good ol' U S of A. I would be particulary suspicious of any inflight food that have the flight attendants referring to it as the mystery meat.

Eyeris said...

I kinda feel bad for the dude because that's apparently the only picture of him available to the presses and every single article, print or otherwise, is using that same pigeon-toed, tongue-out picture. You'd think with the storying getting legs, they might find a more flattering picture of him.

Jordi said...

By far my favourite in blog reports about Malking is this image

mike w said...

Is it just me, or does Malkin look like he can barely skate in that photo?