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The KHL only wants the best NHL players to play for their teams. According to TSN, the league has even devised a list of what kind of resumes players who hope to play in the KHL must have.
Players must fulfill one of the following requirements:
- The player has played no fewer than 150 games in the NHL over the last three seasons.
- Has experience of playing in the KHL.
- Represented his country at one of the last two IIHF World Championships, World Junior Championships or the Olympics.
- Is a Stanley Cup winner, a Stanley Cup finalist, or a winner of one of the individual prizes awarded by the NHL at the close of their season.
Malkin meets all those requirements, and would be the league's top talent.
Geno is sure to make plenty of money playing for the Metallurg Magnitogors, probably upwards of a million or more per week, and would be treated like a king.
Malkin may also be reunited with his close friend, Sergei Gonchar. Malkin moved in with Gonchar when he joined the Penguins in 2006 and dedicated his Hart Trophy to the veteran defenseman, who spent the past two seasons with the Senators.
There is a possibility, albeit a very tiny one, that Malkin likes playing in the KHL too much, and stays there even after the lockout is over.
Playing in front of family and friends, beside his best friend and getting a healthy paycheck? Sounds pretty tempting to me.