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Stars reject tampering claim with Malkin

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The Dallas Stars denied Tuesday a claim by the father of Evgeni Malkin that the team made the Pittsburgh standout an offer while he was under contract with the Penguins.

Any team that tries to negotiate with a player from another team who has a valid, existing contract violates the league's tampering rules.

"We have seen the reports that have surfaced out of Russia claiming that we have tampered and they are completely untrue," Stars general manager Jim Nill told The Dallas Morning News. "The Dallas Stars' organization respects and adheres to all rules and regulations set forth by the National Hockey League and any report that claims otherwise is false."

Vladimir Malkin made the comments that were published by SovSport in Russia. He said the Stars offered his son a larger deal than the eight-year, $76 million extension that he signed with the Penguins in June.

The Morning News reported that it appears the NFL is not investigating the claim.

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