Alex Galchenyuk begins chemistry-building process with Evgeni Malkin
- While there’s bound to be plenty of line shuffling this season, there’s a good chance the Penguins’ second line could feature both Russians, with Malkin at center and Galchenyuk on one of the wings.
- Building chemistry and having open lines of communication will be critical on the ice, no matter what language they choose.
- That process, still in its early stages, continuen Tuesday.
- Galchenyuk and Malkin were part of a group of 13 skaters and two goalies who participated in an optional, informal workout.
- Things ramp up more Friday when the Penguins open training camp at their facility in Cranberry.
“Coming in here, meeting all the guys, it’s great,” Galchenyuk said. “But the most exciting part is getting on the ice and skating with everybody, getting to know everybody, getting used to it, [building] a little bit of chemistry. Everyone is looking forward to camp.”
- Galchenyuk was already familiar with a few of his new teammates.
- Back when Galchenyuk was a member of the Canadiens and living in Montreal, Kris Letang would skate with him over the summer.
“We know each other a little bit,” Letang said of Galchenyuk. “I know he’s a terrific player. He’s got great hands, great shot. He’s going to be a big part of our team, for sure.”
- Galchenyuk met Evgeni Malkin — his likely future linemate — for the first time earlier this summer in Florida:
“He’s definitely a player who is easy to play with,” Galchenyuk said of Malkin. “I’m just going to go out there and compete hard and use my skill.”
- Galchenyuk, while born in Wisconsin, has Belarusian parents and grew up speaking Russian as his first language.
- These days he mainly just speaks Russian when he’s with his parents or his sister, but he’ll be speaking the language a lot more with Malkin, his next-door neighbor in the locker room.
“It’s great for both of us,” Galchenyuk said of the Russian connection. “Even though it’s my first language it’s something I don’t use that much, but it’s always nice to catch up on it.”
- A language and a line aren’t the only things the two are going to be sharing this season:
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