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Sunday, August 5, 2012

TTM: Vladimir Malahkov

  Vladimir Malakhov played in 712 games over a 13 year career, with his best seasons being during his short stay with the New York Islanders.  Malakhov was an offensive defenceman whose career suffered from injuries and perceived lackluster effort.  Malakhov won a Stanley Cup with the New Jersey Devils in 2000 and was part of the 1993 New York Islanders who defeated the heavily favorite Pittsburgh Penguins in stunning fashion, winning on a overtime goal in game 7.  This return is my third from the 1993 Islanders playoff team.  Malakhov's career finished on a down note as he was suspended by the New Jersey Devils, during his second stint with the team in 2005, for going AWOL.  Malakhov claimed it was for personal and injury reasons.  Although Malakhov would never play in the NHL again, he was traded to the San Jose Sharks the following offseason.  Malakhov signed 3 of 3 for me care of his home.  I can't recognize any part of his name from the autographs.  I checked on his autograph and his certified autos look the same.  I wonder if it's in Russian. 

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