Mar 15, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin (71) carries the puck against the Philadelphia Flyers during the first period at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Evgeni Malkin to join Russia at World Championships

The Pittsburgh Penguins watched their disappointing campaign in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs come to an end, but that does not mean that all of the players on the roster will be done playing hockey until next season.

One of the team’s top stars, Evgeni Malkin, will be making the trip over to Belarus where he will be joining Team Russia for the World Hockey Championships, according to Sports.ru.

Malkin will be joining the likes of Alex Ovechkin, Sergei Bobrovsky, Anton Belov, Nikolai Kulemin and Artem Anisimov on the team’s roster, which is looking to make up for a less than impressive run at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi earlier this year.

Russia has been finding some early success at Worlds, and the addition of Malkin should help to boost the squad on the offensive ice as long as Malkin is able to be more efficient than he was for Pittsburgh in the postseason at finding the back of the net.

While Malkin will be joining the Russian squad, his Penguins teammate, Sidney Crosby, has decided against playing for Team Canada at the World Championships.

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