Crosby, Malkin want to remain in Pittsburgh
They're only words.
But coming from Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, the Penguins' franchise centers who between them make more than $18 million, they should carry some weight.
Though they both have full no-trade clauses, Crosby and Malkin reiterated their desire to stay in Pittsburgh.
“This is where I want to be,” Crosby said Sunday as players cleaned out their lockers at Consol Energy Center. “Like everyone, the expectations are high. They haven't changed. This is where I want to be.
“It's tough when you lose. You don't like it, but that's the process sometimes. You need to go through those types of things. It's not always easy. I'm more than happy to be here and find ways to win.”
The Penguins lost to the Rangers in five games to end their season.
Since winning the Stanley Cup in 2009, they've been victorious in just four of 11 playoff series, compiling a 28-31 record during that stretch.
Yet, Malkin, like Crosby, insisted he doesn't want to leave.
“Yeah, I like this city,” Malkin said. “I'd like (to) stay here. I have (a) house here. My parents like to stay here. We (won) one time. Me and Sid and (Marc-Andre Fleury) … I believe we can do it again.”