It's international intrigue time again in the hockey world as Russian wunderkid, Evgeni Malkin has apparently gone missing from his Russian club teams training camp in Finland. Russian officials say that Malkin left the training camp of Metallurg Magnitogorsk and took his belongings and passport with him, not the signs of someone planning on coming back from a brief walk in the park!
This comes on the heels of word this week that he was planning on leaving his club team in Russia, as he would give his two weeks notice.
Russian hockey officials may wish to stake out the Pittsburgh airport as perhaps the young Russian star is heading for the NHL and his place with the Pittsburgh Penguins who hold his rights.
Watching the video clips above, you can see why so many are interested in having young Mr. Malkin pull on the blades for them.
It will be quite interesting to see where he surfaces in the next few days, not to mention the impact that his departure, mysterious as it is, will have on the already tense relations between the Russian Ice Hockey Federation and the NHL.