More on Malkin
Taking advantage of what has been hockey's biggest story this summer, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review dispatched reporter Karen Price to Santa Monica, California, to meet up with future Penguins star Evgeni Malkin.
The end result provides the full story on what the youngster went through the past week in Russia, and what his current mindset is like. It's compelling stuff.
Malkin felt betrayed. The team had nurtured him throughout his career and had always been there for him, but when he knew it was his time to be in the NHL, he realized they were concerned only with their own interests.One of the major problems with this story to date is that many have been far too quick to vilify Malkin, a just-turned 20-year-old kid who — as I wrote earlier — comes from a modest Russian background and has been pushed and pulled in every direction for much of his life.
"After I had the contract signed, I felt so upset and I felt deceived by Velichkin," Malkin said. "I felt something had to be done about that, so I phoned J.P. the next day and asked him to help me to leave. I was so determined."
Everyone has had an opinion, but they haven't always been well-informed.
That Malkin's been mistreated in his home country, however, is now undeniable. I think it's time we laud this youngster's courage and prepare the welcoming committee.