Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins
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Evgeni Malkin Breaks Silence with Heartfelt Apology to Penguins Fans

Published March 9, 2024 at 2:12 PM
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The Pittsburgh Penguins' playoff aspirations are dimming as they remain mathematically alive but face increasing challenges. General Manager Kyle Dubas's decision to trade Jake Guentzel to the Carolina Hurricanes has caused tension, particularly with Sidney Crosby, the team's captain and icon. Evgeni Malkin expressed apologies to fans for the team's recent performances and acknowledged the difficulty of the situation, especially as key players like himself, Crosby, and Kris Letang are aging.


Malkin remains hopeful, suggesting that new additions to the team post-trade deadline could boost morale and performance.


"I want to say sorry to fans because they paid (for) tickets. They come to the rink. And they see this game. It's not great. We need to play harder for sure. We know it's tough. It's not fun. It's 21 games left. We (need to) just play hard, play for the fans. Maybe a couple new guys will give us energy. Who knows? Maybe now after the trade deadline the guys will not feel pressure anymore and play a little more relaxed and everybody plays better. Who knows? We still believe have not a big chance but we have a chance to make the playoffs." - Evgeni Malkin

Despite being eight points behind the final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference, he believes the Penguins still have a chance to make the playoffs. However, he also noted the team's inconsistency and the need for improved cohesion and support among players to transform from a collection of great individuals into a strong team.



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