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It's official: Penguins sign Russian star Malkin

Updated: September 7, 2006, 1:07 PM ET
Associated Press

PITTSBURGH -- Finally, Evgeni Malkin wasn't worried about hiding his emotions or himself. He signed the contract he wanted to sign, with the team he wants to play for.

Malkin, under so much pressure to keep playing in Russia that he hid out for five days in Finland to escape his Russian team, signed his first NHL contract Tuesday with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

No arm-twisting or middle-of-the-night negotiations were needed to make him sign a deal worth at least $3 million ...

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