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Today's "holy shit!" moment in hockey

Malkin's NHL transfer fee - the amount of money to be paid by the Pens to have his contract released from Metallurg Magnitogorsk in the Russian SuperLeague - may cost the Pens millions.

As in, twenty-five.
When asked how much the Penguins should have to pay for the services of Malkin, Velichkin made a comparison to soccer star Andriy Shevchenko's move from Dynamo Kiev to AC Milan for $25 million.

There's no way of knowing if Pittsburgh can afford that, given how cash-strapped the franchise is (and all the talks of a new owner buying them out and moving to Houston). But Malkin was supposed to be the set-up man for Crosby, and Pittsburgh has their eye on Johnson for the 2006 draft. How will this mess up their rebuilding plans?

Malkin has definitively stated that he will be playing in the NHL for the 2006-2007 season, but Russia's insistence on the millions throws into question which jersey he'll be wearing.

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