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NHL Lockout 2012: Evgeni Malkin Signs With KHL's Metallurg

Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin has reportedly signed with Metallurg Magnitogorsk of Russia's Kontinental Hockey League.

Malkin had previously said in an interview at the end of August that he would sign with Metallurg if the NHL Lockout came to pass. The NHL officially locked out players early on Sunday. Malkin, 26, has signed with the Russian team through the 2012-13 season. He will join another NHL player, Ottawa Senators defenseman Sergei Gonchar, on Metallurg.

Malkin has played in the NHL for six years, all with the Penguins. Malkin has tallied 208 goals and 319 assists in his NHL career. Malkin scored a career-high 50 goals last season in 75 games. His hockey career began with Metallurg in 2003. Malkin played in the KHL until he was selected 2nd overall in the NHL's 2004 entry draft.

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