Looks like Pittsburgh Penguins star Evgeni Malkin will head home if there's an NHL work stoppage.
Malkin has reportedly agreed to play for Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the KHL, his hometown team, if the start of the season is delayed. His agent, J.P. Barry, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that Malkin has talked to teams in Moscow and Magnitogorsk about playing -- on a week-to-week basis -- but no agreement has been reached.
The 26-year-old forward had 50 goals and 59 assists last year, his best production since his 113-point season in 2008-09.
LASHOFF TAKES OFF
Ex-Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Matt Lashoff is running for the hills.
Or, to be precise, the mountains.
The 25-year-old from East Greenbush, N.Y., signed a one-year contract with the Zurich Lions of the Swiss National League Monday after a three-week tryout, according to the team's website. Zurich is the defending league champion and Marc Crawford is the head coach.
Lashoff spent most of the last two seasons with the Toronto Marlies of the AHL --he played 11 games with the Leafs in 2010-11 and missed much of 2011-12 with a knee injury -- after being acquired from the Tampa Bay Lightning. In 74 career NHL games, he has one goal and 15 assists.
CATS' CAMP CANCELLED
The looming NHL lockout has resulted in another casualty, this time in south Florida.
The Florida Panthers cancelled their rookie camp and tournament Monday "due to the uncertainty surrounding the CBA." Rookies from the Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Carolina Hurricanes and Boston Bruins were set to take part in the third annual tournament Sept. 15-19 at the Saveology.com Iceplex in Coral Springs, Fla.
Last week, the Detroit Red Wings pulled the plug on their annual rookie tournament in Traverse City, Mich.
JACKETS' PICK SIGNS
Columbus Blue Jackets second-round draft pick Oscar Dansk will play in the Ontario Hockey League this season.
The Swedish goalie agreed to terms with the Erie Otters of the OHL Monday, although the contract won't be finalized for a couple of days, according to Otters general manager Sherry Bassin.
"It is extremely exciting for the Erie Otters to be able to sign one of the most elite young goaltenders in the world," Bassin said. "He appears to be the type of goaltender that the players like to play in front of and is highly skilled. Oscar appears to be highly competitive and I'm told he has high character, which drives him to be the best he can possibly be. "
Dansk played three seasons at Shattuck-St. Mary's in Minnesota before returning to Sweden for two years of seasoning. Last season, with the Brynas junior team, the 18-year-old had a 2.82 goals-against average and .910 save percentage.