Pittsburgh Penguins star-forward, Evgeny Malkin, will make a temporary return to Russian hockey if the NHL lockout goes ahead.
According to Sport-Express newspaper, Malkin has already reached an agreement with KHL side CSKA Moscow, despite earlier reports that he’ll reunite with Metallurg Magnitogorsk.
Ilya Kovalchuk was also linked with a return to his former side Spartak Moscow, but the paper claims the New Jersey Devils man opted for SKA Saint Petersburg.
Meanwhile, KHL’s president, Aleksandr Medvedev, said the league is ready for a flow of players from North America.
“We have some ideas in case of a NHL lockout, but now is not the time to disclose the details,” he told Sovetsky Sport newspaper. “We strive to ensure that it won’t be tourists who’ll arrive from overseas but people ready to fight for real.”
The deadline for resolving the financial differences between the NHL and the Players’ Association is September 15.
If this doesn’t happen the league will go on strike, which could last for several months.