Evgeni Malkin C PIT Mar 23 '79

Pittsburgh's ownership has given GM Ray Shero the green light to do just about anything it takes to lock up Evgeni Malkin.

Malkin could end up earning about $10 million annually once a new deal is finalized. Shero and Malkin's agent, J.P. Barry, held a face-to-face meeting Monday and Barry called it productive. He will understandably be the team's top priority this off-season and the team wants to get him to agree in principle to a new deal before free agency, so they can work on re-signing potential UFA winger Pascal Dupuis.