Unlike Sidney Crosby, there’s no uncertainty about Evgeni Malkin being fully healthy for the start of next season.
Malkin returned back home to Russia in Mid-May and has already been undergoing extensive on-ice training for almost 3 weeks now and is said to be fully recovered.
In fact, according to his dad, Malkin doesn’t intend to slow down on his training this summer.
Via Sovsport, Malkin’s dad told the Russian site that his son is working hard to get ready for next season and be in the best shape of his career.
Word from one of Malkin’s reps at CAA Sports is that he’s determined to get back to being one of the games best players.
Some in the Pittsburgh media called Malkin damaged goods following his injury but the injury appears to be motivating him more than ever, according to those with knowledge of his rehab process.
There is also some talk that Malkin feels he has let the Penguins down the past couple seasons and one thing about Malkin is that he cares.
Malkin wants to return to center next season but whether the Penguins accommodate him with that remains to be seen. There is still some intrigue inside the organization about reuniting Staal and Malkin together fulltime but with Malkin at wing.
Discussions about Staal/Malkin’s role will be on-going this summer for Pens management.