"I've already made up my mind for next season -- I'll be leaving for the NHL. I'm 100 percent sure of that," Malkin, who has a contract with Metallurg through 2008, was quoted as saying by Sport-Express newspaper. His move across the Atlantic, however, could be delayed because Russia remains the only major hockey power not to sign a transfer agreement with the NHL. Under the agreement, approved by the International Ice Hockey Federation last year, Metallurg would have received $900,000 for Malkin. But Magnitogorsk general director Gennady Velichkin threatened to go to court if Pittsburgh do not buy out Malkin's contract. http://ca.today.reuters.com/news/ne...ORTS-ICE-HOCKEY-MALKIN-COL.XML&archived=False Sounds like desperation to me, doesn't it? And realization that they are realizing that they are going to get either an IIHF payment or zip. And not liking that at all. As for Malkin, I love how definitive he is about coming.