Rehabilitation from knee surgery and the angst from missing nearly a half season inspired Evgeni Malkin to put in his most rigorous offseason training a year ago.

The Penguins center liked the results so much he plans on repeating the process this year -- including, he hopes, a return visit to his offseason base, Moscow, by team conditioning coach Mike Kadar.

"Yeah, he loved Moscow," Malkin said of Kadar earlier this week. "We haven't talked yet, but I think he's coming.

"I will work on my knee again, [work out] physically again. We'll see next year. I feel great, and I want to win again. I don't think I'm going to change because I had a great year. Nothing will change."