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Malkin will start the first season of Penguins in Ducks

Yevgeny Malkin He will present his first season with the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday (10 p.m. ET; SNE, SNO, SNP, BSW, ATTSN-PT, ESPN+, NHL LIVE).

The center underwent knee surgery on 4 June. On Monday, he trained on the second line between Jeff Carter And Kasperi Cabanen, and on the first power unit with Sidney CrosbyAnd Evan RodriguezAnd Chris Letang And Jake Genzel.

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“He’s been training for a long time,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. “I think he looks really strong. He’s in great shape. He skates really well.”

Malkin began training on November 29 and was allowed to call on December 27. Two days later, he said he feels the knee is “better and better” and that he hopes to play within the next 10 days.

“He’s a talented guy,” Sullivan said. “He’s the type of player who has the ability to make an impact right away and I’m sure he’ll do that in this game. It’s going to take time to be able to pick up his best match. He’s lost quite a bit of time, so we have an understanding of that. We’ll try to put him in positions where he can play. on his strengths but we believe he will have an immediate impact.”

The Penguins (20-9-5) are fourth in the eight-team Metropolitan team. Their NHL top-10 winning streak ended with a 3-2 loss at the Dallas Stars on Saturday.

Malkin scored 28 points (eight goals and 20 assists) in 33 games last season before taking a knock from the defending Boston Bruins. Jared Tenordi On March 16 he returned on May 3 and played the last four games of the regular season. He missed the first two Stanley Cup games of the first round against the New York Islands and returned to score five points (one goal, four assists) in four games. The Penguins were eliminated by a 5-3 loss in Game 6 of the best series of 7.

The 35-year-old said the decision to have knee surgery stemmed from a desire to play several more seasons in the NHL.

Malkin said on December 29, “I want to play three or four more years, and I don’t want to worry in every game about my knee. Because my knee is now 200 percent stronger. … I know it’s a little bit not easy, but I want to play three.” Or four more years. I feel like I can.”

Malkin was in the final season of a $76 million eight-year contract ($9.5 million average annual value) signed with Pittsburgh on June 13, 2013.

“I’m not thinking about my contract right now,” Malkin said. “I don’t think about money. I’m like a very rich man. I don’t think about money. That’s my point of view: I’ve had a difficult half year. I want to get back in shape.

“We have a great group. We have great coaches. I miss hockey a lot. I want to enjoy every game.”

The three-time Stanley Cup champion (2009, 2016, 2017) has played 940 games in 16 NHL seasons, all for Pittsburgh, and is second behind teammate Sidney Crosby (1,061) in Penguins history. He is third in Pittsburgh history in points (1104) and assists (680) and fourth in goals (424).

Freelance NHL.com reporter Wes Crosby contributed to this report

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