Evgeni Malkin still has three seasons remaining on an eight-year, $76 million contract he signed with the Pittsburgh Penguins on June 13, 2013, but the forward said in an interview with The Athletic he wants to sign on for three more seasons once it expires.
"It's (a) huge next three years," Malkin told the website in a story published Tuesday. "I still want to play 100 percent — and sign (for) three more years with Pittsburgh."
The 33-year-old forward is coming off a rough season by his standards, when he had 72 points (21 goals, 51 assists) in 68 games and was a Penguins worst minus-25. He had three points (one goal, two assists) in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, when Pittsburgh was swept by the New York Islanders in the Eastern Conference First Round.
Despite his struggles, Malkin said he believes that he can not only get back to where he once was — he has won the Art Ross Trophy twice (2009, 2012) and Hart Trophy once (2012) — but that he is still improving.