These Malkin rumors have gotten a bit out of control - the press is even covering them! How many times do the rumors need squashed before they end? Let's take a look:
- "Russian league eyes Malkin" from the Toronto Star is answered by "Hockey federation issues warning after Evgeni Malkin report" from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
- "Report: Penguins offer Malkin to Kings for blockbuster package" from PUCK DADDY is answered by "Malkin" from Rich Hammond's Inside the Kings - Daily News LA Blog
- AND THE GRAND-DADDY OF ALL MALKIN RUMOR BUSTERS (blowing the door wide open on all this speculation) was published today, 06/21/2008, in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, "Malkin set to take Pens-friendly extension" (to which I respond, "good for you, Malkin - you are a true Penguin!")
Let me just say to long-time Penguins fans, don't let all of this panic sidetrack you from what you know to be true. Shero will get the job done (he's done it before) and we will once again have a Cup-contending team by the start of the 2008-2009 season -- it may not look the same, but the majority of it will be back together with a few tweeks. And to the bandwagoners, lets stop for a moment and take a deep breath, let it out and listen to me tell you that it will be OK. This is the way the cap works. Teams cannot remain the same year after year which is why it was put in place (to make it harder for organizations to stack teams). Yes, Malone will be a big loss; and it's always tough to lose players (especially when they are your favorite), but if you're going to become a true PENS fan, you have to roll with the punches and stick by the team year-in and year-out!!
Even though it's actually the shortest in a few years and we only have about 3 months to go - THIS IS GOING TO BE THE LONGEST OFF-SEASON EVER IF THE RUMORS CONTINUE!
STOP THE MADNESS!