Reuters reports this morning that C Evgeni Malkin, the no. 2 overall pick in the 2004 NHL Draft, has signed a new, one-year deal Russian Superleague franchise Metallurg Magnitogorsk. The move follows Malkin changing agents for the second time in the past month. Luke Hochevar admires Malkin’s biz acumen.

Though the situations are probably unrelated, Sidearm Delivery links to a recent interview with the Blackhawks’ Pavel Vorobiev, who takes a dim view of the way Russians are treated in the NHL.