Evgeni Malkin for Rick Nash: Taboo or Logic?

February 22nd, 2010 by Jon Lambert Leave a reply »
I want to admit that what I'm about to talk about will vilify me with a lot of Penguin and Malkin fans. Please understand, being a Penguin fan I'm a huge Malkin fan.

I enjoy watching him fly up ice wheeling and dealing, staring in awe as he uncorks a slap shot from the point or high slot. I had a smile the size of the moon when he lifted the cup and was named Conn Smyth winner last season.

That being said I think the Penguins should see if Columbus would give up Rick Nash for him.

Wait,wait wait...don't go grabbing your pitchforks and stop lighting the torches! Please hear me out.

Malkin, the reigning scoring champ, has his stock right now at an all-time high. He commands a salary of $8.7 million for next year, meaning he's secure for a team interested and not a short term addition. He's a potential gamebreaker whenever he comes over the boards and feels like taking over a game.

There lies the problem...those instances are becoming less frequent than those "Geno" admirers would like. He seems to be disinterested in games more often as of late. Rumors are whirling around Pittsburgh that he's becoming tired of the Penguins being ...

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