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Nichushkin Staying Put With Avs; Malkin Set to Leave Pens

Edmonton Oilers left wing Evander Kane gestures after scoring an empty net goal during the third period in Game 6 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series against the Los Angeles Kings, Thursday, May 12, 2022, in Los Angeles. Evander Kane has been granted permission by the Edmonton Oilers to meet with other teams, while the two sides are still in discussion to reach a contract agreement before he’s eligible to become an unrestricted free agent on Wednesday, July 13. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
Edmonton Oilers left wing Evander Kane gestures after scoring an empty net goal during the third period in Game 6 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series against the Los Angeles Kings, Thursday, May 12, 2022, in Los Angeles. Evander Kane has been granted permission by the Edmonton Oilers to meet with other teams, while the two sides are still in discussion to reach a contract agreement before he’s eligible to become an unrestricted free agent on Wednesday, July 13. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
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(AP) -- Forward Valeri Nichushkin is staying put with the Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche, while Evgeni Malkin’s tenure with the Pittsburgh Penguins may be over after 16 seasons.

Malkin has decided to become a free agent rather than re-sign with the Penguins before the start of free agency, a person with knowledge of the move told The Associated Press on Monday. The person spoke to The AP on condition of anonymity because neither Malkin nor the Penguins have disclosed this information publicly, which comes two days before the NHL’s free agency period opens.