The Dallas Stars have finally responded to the comments of Vladimir Malkin, father of Evgeni Malkin.
Vladimir told a Russian media outlet SovSport that the Stars made an offer to his son while he was still under contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
If a team tries to negotiate with a player from another team who has an existing contract, it violates the National Hockey League’s strict tampering rules.
“We have seen the reports that have surfaced out of Russia claiming that we have tampered and they are completely untrue.” Stars General Manager, Jim Nill told Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News. ”’The Dallas Stars organization respects and adheres to all rules and regulations set forth by the National Hockey League and any report that claims otherwise is false.”
Vladimir Malkin says the Dallas Stars made a bigger offer to Evgeni than the eight-year, $76 million extension he signed with the Pittsburgh Penguins this past June.
According to Heika, a league source told him the policy to investigate situations like this is “only if an aggrieved party believes a rule was broken.” The NHL does not appear to be investigating this claim.