Getty ImagesWith the first anniversary of the Lokomotiv plane crash tragedy next week, a few prominent people in Russia, including hockey players, are holding charity events to raise money for the families of the victims.
On Wednesday afternoon, Team Kovalchuk and Team Malkin played a charity game in Moscow that ended in a friendly draw 14-14. After the game, Evgeni Malkin gave some intriguing quotes regarding the potential NHL lockout.
"I didn't organize this event as it has been held for the last three years," Malkin told SovSport's Pavel Lysenkov. "I am only here to substitute Ovechkin [who is at the U.S. Open in New York]."
Here's Malkin's chat with Lysenkov:
Q. For the last week the media has been discussing where Evgeni Malkin will play in case of a lockout…
MALKIN: "It's been said a hundred times that the lockout hasn't been announced. Why make any statements for nothing? Yes, I have an agreement — I will play for [Metallurg] Magnitogorsk. But I have not signed a contract."
Metallurg vice president Gennadi Velichkin said that his club owns your rights.
"There are no rights. But that's my city. Why leave? I don't want to create a negative atmosphere around myself. It's important for me what fans think and say about me. Everything that's dear to me is in Magnitogorsk — family, friends… I hope that I will play at home and the lockout will be over by the New Year's."
Dynamo let everyone know that they are not ready to pay Ovechkin a lot.
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