Let me preface this by saying that Evgeni Malkin is my favorite player and I am glad he is with the Penguins.
So back to the end of last season and early this summer, rumors were swirling that Malkin could/should/would be traded. At the very least the idea of it was entertained by the fans, namely on this website. One such proposal that I heard that was actually offered about a year ago (who knows if in any seriousness that it actually was) was from the LA Kings. It was Malkin for Kopitar, Brown, first round pick, or soemthing near it. That would make the current offense something like this:
Brown - Crosby - Kopitar
Dupuis(or Satan?) - Staal - Sykora
Fedotenko - Talbot - Cooke
That first line immediately becomes the best in the NHL.
That trade would have also put Doughty or Bogosian in the Pens' system. And either one could earn a roster spot this year with injuries to Whitney, Gonchar, Scuderi.
Another one was Malkin for Kopitar, J Johnson, and a first.
I'm not saying they should or should not have traded him. I happen to like Malkin and am glad he remains in black and gold. But with the new era of the salary cap and all, what would you have done?