Evgeni Malkin was vacationing in Florida with former teammate Sergei Gonchar when word of Sidney Crosby's pending new contract reached him.

No, Malkin did not weep when he learned that Sid had again settled for an admirable but absurdly low $8.7 million annual salary, a figure some inaccurately view as the Penguins' individual salary cap moving forward.

"He was excited," said J.P. Barry, Malkin's agent. "He's happy Sid is back long-term. They both crave the same thing — team goals."

With Crosby poised to sign a 12-year, $104.4 million extension today — he is leaving more than $5 million annually on the table — the forward-spin question becomes: What happens when the Penguins enter negotiations with Malkin next summer?

Should he feel obligated to remain at $8.7 million, just like Crosby?

The correct answer is no, absolutely not, though it's instructive to note what happened the last time the Penguins' two biggest stars signed new deals.