No, they're going to be in serious cap trouble next year so they can't really take much salary in return. I read that if they don't move Malkin this year, they'll likely have to choose between him and letang next year
That's what I've heard too, and if that's the choice, bye bye Kris Letang. I'm not even sure he leaves the Pens, UNLESS he really wants to be "the guy" and tires of being a 1-2 punch with Crosby.
I would not trade for him in a one-year rental. Malkin's a special player, but everything about the way the team acted this year says that we're done chipping away draft picks year by year to "prolong the magic". You'd have to blow up multiple years of assets to get Malkin and then he could still bolt.
I guess I hear the KHL criticism, but the same thing could be said about Datsyuk or any other Russian. It's sad that there's eternally a view that Russians are "damaged goods". In the 90's, the perception was that they were soft and selfish. Just when it appeared THAT opinion had eroded enough, now you have the KHL as a home country competitor league that can actually pay decent money for quality hockey players. Still, there's been enough Kostitsyns and Radulovs to suggest that there's a kernel of truth to the "Russian flight" concern.