Update: The rumors have ALREADY been debunked.
I figured though. This rumor was a little too strange to believe. The original story is right below.
Original Story: In the heat of teams preparing for next season, the Chicago Blackhawks seem to be trying to make some big off-season headlines and are attempting to acquire Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin. Reporter Steve Zipay tweeted about the news:
Malkin is an interesting choice for the Hawks to pursue right now. In fact, I’m not really sure why the Hawks would go for him. The team has other needs and not a whole lot of cap space at the moment, so for them to be gunning for a highly-paid player is a little confusing. The two-time Stanley Cup champ is signed through the 2021-2022 season at $9.5 million/year. The Blackhawks have $8.6 million available to spend. So, not only does the team not have enough to cover his salary, they would also have to send some valuable players to the Pens. And after having to ship away the talented, young Teuvo Teravainen to the Carolina Hurricanes just last week, I don’t see why they would want to send away more good players.
I think that the Hawks should take their $8.6 million and spend it in better places. They can re-sign Andrew Shaw, who has been part of the teams core for all three of their Stanley Cup wins these past few years. Or, GM Stan Bowman could strengthen the Hawks defense, an area that needs some stronger players in the bottom pair. The Hawks can sign a couple of cheaper players, get some much-needed defensive depth, and sign a stronger bottom-six forward that could have an positive impact on scoring depth.
This is still a rumor and nothing is concrete at this time, but if Bowman is trying to acquire
Malkin, then Hawks fans may be saying goodbye to some more familiar faces in the near future.
*header from deadspin.com