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9/5/2006 10:18:16 AM

PITTSBURGH - Evgeni Malkin is a Pittsburgh Penguin.

The second overall pick in the 2004 draft signed a rookie contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins Tuesday morning, two days before the start of rookie training camp.

Malkin, sneaked away from his Russian pro team last month in Finland so he could make a clandestine trip to the United States and begin preparing for his first NHL season.

Terms of contract were not disclosed, but because Malkin's contract terms are effectively set by the NHL labour agreement, he was expected to sign a deal identical to that reached by last season's rookie of the year, Alexander Ovechkin.

Ovechkin, drafted immediately ahead of Malkin, has a base salary of $984,2000, plus incentives worth $2.85 million a season. Ovechkin's contract includes $850,000 in relatively easy-to-reach incentives and another $2 million in additional bonuses such as winning a major league award.

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