Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Vladimir Malakhov
Born in Ekaterinburg, USSR, Vladimir Malakhov played several years with Krylia Sovetov and the Central Red Army. He was chosen 191st overall by the New York Islanders in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft and represented his country at the 1990 and 1991 World Championships, and the 1991 Canada Cup. In 1992 he was a member of the gold medal winning Unified Team at the Albertville Olympics.

Malakhov decided to try his luck in the NHL after playing for Russia at the 1992 World Championships. During the 1992-93 season, the talented blueliner registered 52 points for the Islanders, helped the team reach the semi-finals and was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team. He followed that up with 57 points and a plus/minus rating of +29 in 1993-94. The next year his play tailed off and he was included in a major deal with the Montreal Canadiens along with Pierre Turgeon for Kirk Muller, Craig Darby and Matthieu Schneider.

The gifted Russian showed flashes of his potential in parts of six seasons with the Habs. In 1998 he was one of their best players when they reached the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. In September, 1999 he suffered a serious knee injury during the pre-season. He returned briefly to Montreal before being packaged to the New Jersey Devils prior to the March trade deadline. That spring Malakhov played 23 games and helped the Devils win the Stanley Cup. The veteran rearguard was part of the New York Rangers' aggressive off-season recruiting plan in 2000. After signing with them he played three games before his season was lost to a second serious knee injury.

A member of Russia's bronze medal team at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Malakhov reached the 600 games played plateau in 2002-03 and continued to be a part of the New York Ranger blueline until he was dealt to the Philadelphia Flyers in the latter stages of the 2003-04 season. Although he helped lead the Flyers to the Eastern Conference Final in 2004, Malakhov returned to the Devils lineup in the summer of 2005.

Malakhov returned to the Devils and competed in 29 games with the club, including his 700th career NHL game in November 2006. The following summer, Malakhov was dealt to the San Jose Sharks.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1986-87 Spartak Moscow USSR 22 0 1 1 12
1986-87 Soviet Union WJC-A 6 0 0 0 4
1987-88 Spartak Moscow USSR 28 2 2 4 26
1988-89 CSKA Moscow USSR 34 6 2 8 16
1988-89 CSKA Moscow Super-S 7 0 1 1 6
1989-90 CSKA Moscow USSR 48 2 10 12 34
1989-90 CSKA Moscow Fr-Tour 1 0 0 0 0
1989-90 CSKA Moscow Super-S 5 0 1 1 8
1989-90 Soviet Union WEC-A 10 0 1 1 10
1990-91 CSKA Moscow USSR 46 5 13 18 22
1990-91 CSKA Moscow Fr-Tour 1 0 0 0 25
1990-91 CSKA Moscow Super-S 3 1 0 1 0
1990-91 Soviet Union WEC-A 10 0 0 0 4
1991-92 Soviet Union Can-Cup 5 0 0 0 4
1991-92 CSKA Moscow CIS 40 1 9 10 12
1991-92 Russia Olympics 8 3 0 3 4
1991-92 Russia WC-A 6 2 1 3 4
1992-93 New York Islanders NHL 64 14 38 52 59 +14 17 3 6 9 12
1992-93 Capital District Islanders AHL 3 2 1 3 11
1993-94 New York Islanders NHL 76 10 47 57 80 +29 4 0 0 0 6
1994-95 New York Islanders NHL 26 3 13 16 32 -1
1994-95 Montreal Canadiens NHL 14 1 4 5 14 -2
1995-96 Montreal Canadiens NHL 61 5 23 28 79 +7
1996-97 Russia W-Cup 4 1 0 1 8
1996-97 Montreal Canadiens NHL 65 10 20 30 43 +3 5 0 0 0 6
1997-98 Montreal Canadiens NHL 74 13 31 44 70 +16 9 3 4 7 10
1998-99 Montreal Canadiens NHL 62 13 21 34 77 -7
1999-00 Montreal Canadiens NHL 7 0 0 0 4 0
1999-00 New Jersey Devils NHL 17 1 4 5 19 +1 23 1 4 5 18
2000-01 New York Rangers NHL 3 0 2 2 4 0
2001-02 New York Rangers NHL 81 6 22 28 83 +10
2001-02 Russia Olympics 6 1 3 4 4 +4
2002-03 New York Rangers NHL 71 3 14 17 52 -7
2003-04 New York Rangers NHL 56 3 15 18 53 -5
2003-04 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 6 0 1 1 2 -1 17 1 5 6 12
2004-05
2005-06 New Jersey Devils NHL 29 4 5 9 26 -9
NHL Totals 712 86 260 346 697 75 8 19 27 64


NHL All-Rookie Team (1993) Traded to Montreal by NY Islanders with Pierre Turgeon for Kirk Muller, Mathieu Schneider and Craig Darby, April 5, 1995.
Missed majority of 1999-2000 due to knee injury suffered in exhibition game vs. Boston, September 27, 1999. Traded to New Jersey by Montreal for Sheldon Souray, Josh DeWolf and New Jersey's 2nd round pick (later traded to Washington - later traded to Tampa Bay - Tampa Bay selected Andreas Holmqvist) in 2001 NHL Draft, March 1, 2000. Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers, July 10, 2000.
Missed majority of 2000-01 due to knee injury vs. Montreal, November 11, 2000. Traded to Philadelphia by NY Rangers for Rick Kozak and Philadelphia's 2nd round pick (later traded to Atlanta - Atlanta selected Ondrej Pavelec) in 2005 NHL Draft, March 8, 2004. Signed as a free agent by New Jersey, August 4, 2005.
Missed remainder of 2005-06 season after being suspended by New Jersey, December 19, 2005. Traded to San Jose by New Jersey with New Jersey's 1st round pick (later traded to St. Louis - St. Louis selected David Perron) in 2007 NHL Draft for Alexander Korolyuk and Jim Fahey, October 1, 2006.
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