"I think he won't go to the KHL right away. He will see how the situation develops," Malkin said. "And if the lockout is announced for the entire season, then Crosby may come. He loves to play and won't be able to live an entire year without hockey."
It would be surprising if the NHL missed the entire campaign, but odder things have happened. Crosby could undoubtedly play just about anywhere he wanted if a team had the financial wherewithal to pay him.
Malkin also said in his interview that he would be playing with Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the KHL if the owners and players can't come to terms on a new CBA.