November 29, 2012
NHL notes: Evgeni Malkin happy in Russia
By QMI Agency
The NHL lockout apparently hasn't been too tough on Pittsburgh Penguins star Evgeny Malkin.
Malkin has been playing with Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the KHL during the NHL work stoppage. And he's been playing well, recording 11 goals and 22 assists in 24 games.
Things are going so well, he doesn't miss the NHL, according to Russia Today (through Sovetsky Sports).
"I'm happy with everything in Magnitogorsk," he said. "We have a great team. We win a lot. I'm in good shape and get plenty of time on the ice.
"It's nicer here as I can communicate in Russian with everybody"¦ it's only calmer in America. I live outside Pittsburgh and I can go for a walk without creating any hype or visit a cafe."
That said, Malkin also added that he won't stick around Mother Russia when the lockout does end.
Thanks to the NHL lockout, St. Louis Blues forward Jamie Langenbrunner knows what retirement feels like.
The 37-year-old, who signed a one-year, $1.25 million contract with the Blues in the off-season, has more than 1,100 NHL games under his belt. He's in the twilight of his career -- the contract could be his last -- and now has a better understanding of what life will be like when the cheering ends.
"I think this time also prepares you for it," Langenbrunner told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "I've gotten involved in coaching the kids' teams and, quite frankly, I've gotten to enjoy that aspect of it.
"You realize there is going to be an end to this (lockout) at some point. But it makes me feel when the end (of his career) does come, I'll be prepared for that."
This isn't the first lockout Langenbrunner has gone through but it most certainly will be his last.
"Speaking for myself, it could be the last year and it's not a lot of fun sitting out like this," he said. "On the other hand, I don't think there's any wavering in the way I feel about it. It wasn't our choice to be locked out."
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