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However, Malkin stated that he signed the one-year contract not as a compromise but because of the immense "psychological pressure" his former club exerted on him. Barry, the two quickly departed and waited for Malkin's visa clearance from the US Embassy.It would later appear that the team had taken Malkin's passport away to prevent him from leaving, but it was eventually given back to him and Malkin was allowed to pass through Finnish customs. In order to legally leave the team, on 15 August, Malkin invoked, by fax, a provision of Russian labor law that allowed him to cancel his one-year contract by giving his employer two weeks notice.In addition he has won the bronze medals in two other World Championships and has played for team Russia during the last three Winter Olympic Games, in Turin, Vancouver, and Sochi.
In his first preseason game with the Penguins, on 20 September 2006, Malkin collided with teammate John Le Clair and dislocated his own shoulder, which forced him to miss the start of the season.
Subsequently, his NHL debut would be delayed until 18 October, against the New Jersey Devils, in which he scored his first goal against Martin Brodeur.
Malkin continued to dominate into the playoffs as the Penguins made it to the 2008 Stanley Cup Finals.
He scored three points against Detroit in the finals, totaling 22 points overall, but the Penguins were defeated by Detroit in six games.
Midway through the season, when more heralded teammate and captain Sidney Crosby went down with an ankle injury, Malkin seized the opportunity to lead the Penguins, scoring 44 points in the 28 games Crosby was absent.