Reports have been surfacing that the Dallas Stars may have tampered with Pittsburgh Penguins star center Evgeni Malkin before he signed his eight-year, $76-million extension to return to the Steel City. At the time Dallas allegedly made an offer, Malkin would have still been property of the Penguins.
“We have seen the reports that have surfaced out of Russia claiming that we have tampered and they are completely untrue,” said Stars general manager Jim Nill in a statement released to the Dallas Morning News.
“The Dallas Stars organization respects and adheres to all rules and regulations set forth by the National Hockey League and any report that claims otherwise is false.”
Malkin‘s father, Vladimir, made the allegations while speaking with Russian media outlet Sovetsky Sport.
There were rumors earlier in the offseason that Penguins and Stars were involved in some trade discussions, so it is very possible that the two were having some early contract talks which would have led to the tampering allegations.
Of course, it is equally possible that Malkin’s father was mistaken when he told Sovetsky Sport about the Stars offer.
Either way, the investigation by the NHL appears to be dead, so Stars fans have nothing to be concerned about.