Report: Evgeni Malkin expected to hit open market
Malkin, who's spent his entire 981-game NHL career with the Penguins, has never tested free agency before and reportedly wants to explore his options. He just played out the final season of an eight-year deal with a $9.5-million cap hit.
As negotiations with Pittsburgh grew tense, the 35-year-old reportedly texted some of his teammates that the Penguins think he's "not good anymore."
Malkin missed the first half of the 2021-22 campaign after recovering from knee surgery but still enjoyed a productive season. He logged 20 goals and 21 assists in 41 contests, which was slightly below his career point-per-game clip of 1.17.
Malkin won three Stanley Cup championships with the Penguins and ranks third on the franchise's all-time points list with 1,146. He trails only Sidney Crosby for most playoff points in team history, with 180 in 177 career contests.
The icon also collected a Conn Smythe Trophy, a Hart Trophy, a Ted Lindsay Award, two Art Ross Trophies, and a Calder Trophy in his 16-year career.
The Penguins recently inked longtime defenseman Kris Letang to a six-year deal with a cap hit of $6.1 million.