he hasnt signed with teh Pens. and because he said he will play at elast one more year there (and teh Pens support that decision), they are in no rush to sign him, especially with the CBA ending. also, alst anyone heard, the team he is playing witih (forget how to spell the name), is trying to sign him to an extension.
He can go when the price is right. CP mentioned something about Malkin not being ready this year. Another year of play in Russia, then talk turkey. I would imagine the CBA has to be worked out first.
When the CBA is finally signed, MarioCo should sign this guy. Don't care where he plays or if he even comes over here this year. As the clock ticks, his value goes up. It will be interesting to see if rookie deals aren't as sweet as they used to be.
In closing, sign this guy before he has to swim to america in the middle of the night.
How does the IIHF fit in or relate to the new CBA.