"He walked into my office and said, 'Kadarov,' which is what he calls me, 'you come to Russia to help me this summer?'" Kadar told NHL.com, laughing as he started the story. "I said, 'Do you want me to?' He goes, 'I already tell media you go.' I was like, 'Well, I guess I'm going, Geno.'"
Malkin also knows how to pay back. In an impromptu presentation in the Penguins locker room on April 8, Malkin gave Kadar half of the puck he used to score his 50th goal of the season the day before.
Malkin literally sawed the puck in half, keeping one side and presenting the other to Kadar as a gift for helping him reach the plateau for the first time.
I was just going to post that quote too. It's things like that that keep me believing that he's going to be a Penguin for life.
I'll just add this part too...
"He gave me half of his 50th goal puck and said, 'Thank you for last summer.' I was blown away," Kadar said. "I got emotional about it because I have never experienced that, have never heard of that. I've heard of players giving it to players, but never to a staff member. I was proud of that."
Kadar immediately started showing it around the Penguins offices. He brought it to co-owner Mario Lemieux, whose response was, "What does that tell you about the guy you're dealing with?"