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Final determination on Malkin’s left elbow expected this week

Some Western Conference General Manager’s have believed that Evgeni Malkin could be had in the right trade. Maybe that’s why some Malkin chatter is circulating once again as it seems to every summer, the latest being an odd rumor yesterday from Steve Zipay of Newsday that the Blackhawks were “seriously kicking the tires” on a Malkin trade.

The chatter going around was that Mike Sullivan’s a big fan of Artem Anisimov and some talk in league circles is that the Chicago stuff came from some back channels in the Hawks organization who are tight with Sullivan.

At the end of the day, there’s nothing to them at this point and won’t be — at least not this summer —

Among the reasons why:

1. There’s the fact that those above Jim Rutherford, notably Team President David Morehouse who have made it clear to Penguin management again that ownership will not sign off on any Malkin trade for the second straight summer with the Penguins still officially up for sale.

2. Maybe, most importantly, major elbow surgery has been on the table for Malkin as an option that would sideline him for several months, possibly 9-12 months. The Penguins are sought a second opinion early this week in the hopes that Malkin can avoid the surgery. There’s still a chance he won’t need the surgery. Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access"

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