Malkin easy to sign?

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, Last Updated: 8:03 AM ET

PITTSBURGH -- All-star centre Evgeni Malkin hopes to work out a new contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins by next month - and he says he won't seek Alex Ovechkin-type money.

"I'm thinking maybe five or six years," Malkin told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "I'm an easy guy to deal with. I'd love to stay in Pittsburgh."

Under terms of the NHL's CBA, Malkin cannot sign an extension until July 1. Malkin, who would enter the third and final year of his entry-level contract next season, hopes to sign "soon" after that date.

Malkin, who helped lead the Penguins to the Stanley Cup final this year, said he is not seeking a deal similar to the $124-million US, 13-year pact signed last season by Ovechkin, the NHL's MVP. Malkin also said his contract doesn't need to top the $43.5-million, five-year extension signed by Penguins star Sidney Crosby last year.

In other Penguins news, the club chose to offer salary arbitration to goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, meaning he won't become a restricted free agent July 1. The filing allows the Pens to negotiate a multi-year contract in advance of arbitration hearings.


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