5 Reasons Penguins Should Be Worried Evgeni Malkin Won't Return from Russia

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5 Reasons Penguins Should Be Worried Evgeni Malkin Won't Return from Russia
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NHL players have opportunities to play professional hockey if they want to take them.

They may be locked out by their own league, but by playing in European hockey leagues like the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), they can play at a high level, get paid well and develop a fairly dependable routine while the NHL keeps its doors locked.

Many of the NHL's European-born stars have taken advantage of the opportunities. That includes a star like Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Malkin is playing with Maganitogorsk of the KHL, his hometown team.

Malkin has said that he will return to the NHL when the lockout comes to an end and pull his familiar Penguins' jersey over his head. However, there are several reasons he may want to stay in Russia.

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