On the Penguins' locker room cleanout day, Jim Rutherford vowed that, "Obviously, there will be changes in our team.”
Evgeni Malkin's name has been thrown out as a potential trade chip, as nonsensical as that is. Malkin addressed the trade talks in a Russian interview with RSport.ru's Simon Galkevich ahead of the upcoming World Championship in Slovakia.
"I'm used to the talks I'll get traded, so it doesn't get me nervous," said Malkin, translated from Russian. "Now I'm with the national team, and I'll try to prove I'm good. I had a bad season and I'm going to get out of the hole. Sometimes, criticism is justified. This time, it's probably justified."