Penguins star Egeni Makarov, who was on the ice for Malkin kissing his daughter’s cheek in the Penguins’ 3-2 win over the New York Islanders on Tuesday night, may have inadvertently caused a minor kerfuffle in the NHL’s public relations department.
“I don’t think he was aware of the situation.
He said he didn’t know and I don’t believe he was,” Penguins PR director Tim Murphy told The Associated Press on Wednesday.”
We need to have a discussion.
The league and the players want to know the full extent of what happened.
He’s not the one to speak for us.”
Malkin, who had just been awarded a four-year, $40 million contract extension by the Penguins, has yet to comment on the incident.
“He’s fine, he’s fine,” Murphy said.
“He’s happy with what he’s doing.
He’ll be happy in Pittsburgh.
He knows what the league is about.
He wants to be here.
We’re going to make sure that we’re in a position to help him as much as we can.”
In the wake of the incident, the Penguins released a statement saying they were “aware of the ongoing situation” involving Malkin and his daughter and would take whatever action was appropriate.
“There is no place in our locker room for this type of behavior.
It is a violation of the league’s code of conduct, and our organization will take whatever steps necessary to address this matter,” the statement read.
Murphy said the Penguins would be discussing Malkin with Malkin, his agent and the NHL Players’ Association.
“The Penguins have a great relationship with both the Malkin family and the Penguins organization, and we’ll continue to monitor this situation,” Murphy added.
“It’s not something we can control.
It’s not like the NHL has any responsibility.
It has to be handled internally.”
Murphy acknowledged that Malkin could face penalties for his actions.
“That’s the nature of the game, and they’ll make their decisions,” Murphy told AP.
“If it’s in the public interest, we’ll have to make that determination.
I know that he’ll take it seriously.
I think he’ll be fine.”
Mukil, 30, signed a five-year extension with the Penguins on March 15 after a standout rookie campaign that included the NHL Rookie of the Year award, the Vezina Trophy and an Olympic gold medal.
The 6-foot-2, 220-pound native of Russia has 1,085 points (193 goals, 595 assists) in 1,500 NHL games.
Murad said the Malkins had already been contacted by NHL teams about the incident and would meet with them when the season started.
“They’re very appreciative of the effort and the effort he’s put in,” Murphy wrote in an email to The Associated Payroll.
“They’re also appreciative that he was in the room and he wanted to apologize.
We’ve been in contact with them and they’re very supportive.”
Murkin, the captain of Russia’s silver medal-winning team in Sochi, had the opportunity to celebrate with his team at a nearby ice rink. He didn’t.