When Evgeni Malkin speaks in the locker room, it is usually direct and honest without pretense. Malkin does not use social media as much as some players who have learned to communicate directly with fans, but when he does post, his pictures can be worth 1000 words.
And he definitely doesn’t post as many cat pictures as Jared McCann.
Malkin’s most famous Instagram post last summer showed him working out on the beach, including his new six-pack abs. Like one of his locker room media scrums, Malkin’s post spoke volumes about his commitment to the season and the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Recently, Malkin has been posting more on social media. And the Pittsburgh Penguins have posted a few videos of Phase 2 on-ice workouts. You can see Malkin’s dazzling stick work, his quick shot on Matt Murray and how he takes off up the ice.
But Malkin has also been enjoying his time away from the rink. He’s been fishing on a remote property, presumably his own or nearby. And, he’s been hanging out with an old friend whom you know as Sidney Crosby. Malkin’s caption translated, “In the area.”
We assume Malkin has never seen Kevin Costner in “For Love of the Game,” or he wouldn’t be spending time splitting wood.
We’re also impressed with Malkin’s vehicle choice. GM hasn’t made Hummers in about 10 years, but they’re still a mean machine. We’ll just assume Evgeni Malkin can afford the terrible gas mileage.
The NHL expanded Phase 2 small group workouts on Tuesday. The voluntary workouts may now include up to 12 players. The NHL announced Phase 3 training camps begin on July 10. The Penguins will hold their camp at the UPMC Lemieux Complex.
On Monday, news spread the NHL is narrowing its list of hub city candidates, but Pittsburgh did not appear on the list of cities mentioned by TSN Insider Perre LeBrun. So, the Penguins do not yet know where they will play their first games of the 24-team Stanley Cup tournament, but they’ll face the Montreal Canadiens in the Qualifying Round beginning on July 30.