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Russian winger Plotnikov could join Penguins in August
3 июля 2015 года. Mackey, Jason. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

It appears Sergei Plotnikov is ready to begin his NHL career.

Like tomorrow, if possible.

Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford said Friday that Plotnikov, the Russian winger the Penguins signed on Wednesday, has informed the team he could arrive in Pittsburgh as soon as August to "get adjusted to the surroundings, the culture and work out."

"Without us asking, he's already talking about getting over here early," Rutherford said. "Some of the things he's done speak volumes of his character."

For example, Rutherford said, Plotnikov, 25, footed the $500,000 bill to buy himself out of his Kontinental Hockey League contract.

"Not many guys would do that," Rutherford said.

When he arrives, Plotnikov will be free to make his own living arrangements. But Rutherford said the Penguins have a Russian support group assembled in case Plotnikoff needs help with the transition.

Rutherford also is excited to watch Evgeni Malkin go from mentee to mentor, comparing this opportunity to when Malkin broke into the league and lived with defenseman Sergei Gonchar.

"It will give (Malkin) an additional opportunity for leadership," Rutherford said. "I think that will be good for him."

Plotnikoff (6-foot-2, 205 pounds) is a big-bodied forward who scored 15 goals in the KHL last season. This past spring, he and Malkin won silver at the IIHF World Championships.

Jason Mackey is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at jmackey@tribweb.com or via Twitter @Mackey_Trib.

Credit: The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

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