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Malkin on the block?

From Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun:

The Pittsburgh Penguins are looking to make a big move before the first round of the NHL entry draft tomorrow night at Scotiabank Place.

Trying to pry the No. 2 pick away from the Los Angeles Kings and get into the first round, league sources say Pittsburgh general manager Ray Shero has dangled all-star centre Evgeni Malkin to the Kings in a deal that may have included centre Mike Cammalleri going the other way.

While many NHL executives refused to believe the Penguins actually would trade the 21-year-old Malkin because he has one year left on his entry-level contract at $984,000 US, the indications are that Shero is trying to find a way to keep Marian Hossa from becoming an unrestricted free agent.

Read more rumors for Garrioch here.

Can’t say I believe that rumor. In fact, it sounds completely ridiculous. Why would the Penguins opt to sign Hossa over Malkin?