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Malkin awaits next move by Russian pro team

Updated: September 16, 2006, 2:19 PM ET
Associated Press

PITTSBURGH -- A Russian arbitration panel ruled that Pittsburgh Penguins rookie Evgeni Malkin violated his contract by leaving his Russian pro team to play in the NHL.

The ruling issued Friday appears to be meaningless unless Malkin's former team, Metallurg Magnitogorsk, can find a United States court to uphold the decision. The Russian Super League club also could sue the NHL or the Penguins.

Malkin, who was not represented at the Russian Ice Hockey Federation arbitration ...

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