Though he's been involved in trade speculation since the team's first-round playoff exit, Evgeni Malkin has not been approached by the Pittsburgh Penguins about waiving his no-movement clause, Rob Rossi of The Athletic reports.
Malkin, along with captain Sidney Crosby, is one of two players on the Penguins with a full no-move clause. Rossi adds that he's also "heard" Crosby was not happy to hear Malkin's name involved in trade rumours.
Malkin, who is currently playing for Russia at the world hockey championship, scored 21 goals and posted 72 points in 68 games this season. He added one goal and three points in the playoffs as the Penguins were swept by the New York Islanders.
Upon joining Team Russia earlier this month, Malkin called his season a "failure."
"I'm used to the talks (that I could) get traded so it doesn't get me nervous," Malkin told Russian reporter Semyon Galkevich, as translated by Sport-Express' Igor Eronko. "Now I'm on Team Russia and I'll try to prove I'm good. I had a bad season. Sometimes criticism is justified. This time it's probably justified."
The 32-year-old centre is signed for three more seasons at a $9.5 million cap hit.