Malkin has been out for a week with a concussion and has missed the last four Penguins’ games, two of which were losses. The injury occurred on Friday, February 22 when Malkin was rode hard into the boards by Florida Panthers Panthers defenceman, Erik Gudbranson. The reigning Hart Trophy winner was said to have been suffering from short term memory loss.
On the season, Malkin has 4 goals and 17 assists, good for 21 points in 18 games. Last season he scored 50 goals and registered 109 points en route to being named the league MVP.
In other Penguins news, there are rumors that the team could try and trade for Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla. Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun is hearing that many NHL GM’s believe that Ray Shero, general manager for the Penguins will trade for the superstar.
The Penguins are said to be looking to try and add a top-six forward for their playoff run and with Iginla set to become an unrestricted free agent after this season, his services will be highly sought after as a potential rental player.
Of course there has been no news that the Flames would be willing to part ways with their cornerstone player, especially given they are just four points out of a playoff spot.
Many media around the league are wondering if the Flames will blow up their roster after GM Jay Feaster failed to acquire Ryan O’Reilly from the offer sheet they signed him to. With Iginla’s contract up this summer, the Flames could look at moving the captain and receiving some much needed prospects to replenish what has become a bare cupboard for the organization.
For now we’ll have to sit and wait to see if the Flames do make Iginla available. If they do, don’t be surprised to see the Penguins get involved in the bidding.