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Penguins star Evgeni Malkin has agreed to play with Magnitogorsk of the KHL if the NHL season is delayed by a lockout, according to a Russian report cited in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. J.P. Barry, Malkin's agent, confirmed that Malkin had spoken with teams in the KHL about playing.
Lightning veteran Martin St. Louis told the Tampa Bay Times that he will play in Europe if there is a lockout. "With my age, you want to keep playing," the 37-year-old told the Times on Monday. "I don't want to take a year off. If the NHL wants to shut us down, we'll go play somewhere else."
Meanwhile, the CBA negotiations pick back up on Tuesday, and Penguins rep Craig Adams told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that he feels many of the "peripheral issues" have been resolved. A proposal by the NHL is expected Tuesday. “I don’t think you can get too emotionally involved or attached to any of these proposals or ideas,” he told the Tribune-Review.
The negotiations planned for Tuesday will have four men at the table, according to the Sporting News. The NHL will be represented by Gary Bettman and Bill Daly, the NHLPA by Donald Fehr and his No. 2, brother Steve Fehr.
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