Russian court bans Malkin from playing in NHL

Updated: September 15, 2006, 12:22 PM ET

MOSCOW -- A Russian arbitration tribunal issued a court order on Friday prohibiting prized rookie Evgeni Malkin from playing in the National Hockey League.

Malkin signed a three-year deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins worth at least $3 million this month after leaving his club Metallurg Magnitogorsk last month to pursue a hockey career in the NHL.

The tribunal ruled that the 20-year-old, who had signed a new one-year contract with his Russian club just days before fleeing to ...

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