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Author: Pavel Lysenkov (Soviet Sport Newspaper)
Translated By: Sergei Chveitser
Date: 08/16/2006
Evgeny Malkin found! Malkin called Magnitogorsk and said he is well (Pittsburgh Penguins NHL)

2006 Russian Super League

Evgeni Malkin answering questions at the NHL Entry Draft after being selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins (Photo is a RussianProspects exclusive)
Evgeni Malkin called his home in Magnitogorsk to notify of his well-being.

According to the Metallurg GM Gennadi Velichkin, Evgeni Malkin called his hom in Magnitogorsk and talked with his mother. Malkin kept saying: ' Everything is fine'.

'I talked with Malkin's mother who spoke with Evgeni for a few minutes', tells Gennadi Velichkin. 'His mother begged her son not to make any rushed decisions and to re-think what he has done and that it was a nice ride while it lasted but now it's time to come back home.'

And this is all that's currently known about Malkin?
G. Velichkin:
At this point, yes. We don't even exactly know which city or country he is in right now.

At least he's alive and well.
G. Velichkin:
Of course. It's obvious that the Americans intimidated him! The only words he said were 'Everything is fine. Everything is fine'. By the way, I want to refute two rumours that our own media has spread. First is that Velichkin held Malkin's passport to prevent him from escaping. Nonsense! Malkin's documents were at his former agent Sergei Isakov. And the second rumour being that Malkin was pressured by threats that his parents' apartment would be taken away. It's complete foolishness. For the last year, the Malkin family has been living in it's own two-storey house that was bought with the money that Evgeni earned last season. It's unfortunate that our own media is coming up with such silly things. I believe that we need to be behind Malkin in this situation because Russia's image is at stake.

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