After 16 seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins, unrestricted free agent Evgeni Malkin could don a new jersey for the first time in his career next year.
The 35-year-old Russian has accomplished nearly everything imaginable with the Penguins, and his trophy case is rivaled by few superstars of the salary-cap era.
Additionally, even though his numbers are down and injuries have limited Malkin in recent seasons, he remains a top player in this year’s UFA class.
He’s racked up 144 points – 53 goals – through 129 games over the past three years while also posting a respectable 53.3 Corsi For percentage when adjusted for score and venue.
It’s also worth considering what Malkin’s focused on at this stage of his career.
Does the future Hall of Famer sign a team-friendly contract with a contender, or does he want to pad the bank account with one last monster contract?
For what it’s worth, Malkin has earned an estimated $118 million to this point in his celebrated career, according to Cap Friendly.
Here are 3 potential landing spots for No. 71 during the offseason, if he doesn’t stick around in Pittsburgh, of course.
Detroit Red Wings
Malkin inking a mid-term deal with the Red Wings connects a few dots.
The organization has a storied history with Russian-born players, and the Red Wings have plenty of cap space to allot to Malkin.
Additionally, No. 71 would complement team-captain Dylan Larkin and bolster the Detroit offense immediately. The Red Wings should also continue to be more and more competitive as their young talents mature.