According to multiple reports the Pittsburgh Penguins will be listening to offers from opposing teams on future HOF center, Evgeni Malkin this off season. There is no hiding the fact that Malkin was awful last year. Super genius, Mark Madden points this out.
However, unlike Marky Mark, I think there is zero percent chance the Pens will even consider trading away 71.
Regardless of how big of a jackass he looked like on the ice last season, the simple fact is that there will be no trade return that will be of equal value to Geno. He isn’t the player he was 5-10 years ago, yet he is still hands down one of the best in the game.
Trading Malkin would pretty much indicate that the Penguins are looking to rebuild, which isn’t going to happen. Not with Crosby still here and not with an old ass GM who just got an extension. Are the Pens looking to make some moves to extend their championship window? No doubt. Will that mean us fans having to say goodbye to a few of our favorite players? Probably, yes.
However, trading away 71 is waving the white flag. When you ditch a star of Malkin’s caliber, you hardly ever get players of equal current value in return. It is always prospects, draft picks or to clear cap room. The cap room would be nice and the Pens need to get younger but this team doesn’t win another cup in this era if Malkin isn’t on the team. That is just the facts.
Rather than trading him, the Pens need to find a way for him to make sure last year doesn’t happen again. For him to play less wreck less and more calculated. Sometimes less is more and Geno needs to realize that. Is he level headed enough to do so? I honestly have no clue.
Malkin just isn’t the guy you can trade and walk away with a better team. At least not yet. Maybe in a few more years when he is 35 they cut ties. But he isn’t done playing great hockey yet.
At the end of the day, I wouldn’t be shocked if this was some bullshit story for the media to have something else to talk about aside from how bad the Pirates suck. I mean hell, it worked for me.
Damn, they’re good.
And so is Malkin, who again, isn’t going anywhere but this off season aside from Russia and a few golf courses.