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Ryan Malone | Winger

Team: Tampa Bay Lightning
Age / DOB:  (34) / 12/1/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 224
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Ryan Malone participated in an informal skate last week in Minnesota.
He's an unrestricted free agent after he was bought out by the Tampa Bay Lightning. The New York Rangers have reportedly spoken with him. Now that Malone's legal issues are behind him, it's likely that he'll sign with another NHL club or attend training camp on a tryout. Aug 27 - 1:40 PM

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Ryan Malone pleaded no contest to DUI charges and agreed to a pretrial diversion program on a drug charge.

That will dismiss his felony charge of cocaine possession if he can successfully complete the program's requirements. His driver's license will be suspended for six months and he must complete 50 hours of community service, as part of DUI punishment. Several teams have reportedly expressed interest in the veteran winger and with his case finished, perhaps he can focus on getting his career back on track.
Aug 19 - 11:05 AM

Ryan Malone was "baffled" when officer Andrew Visser discovered 1.3 grams of cocaine on him and he said he didn't know where it came from.

"I asked where it came from," Visser wrote in his report. "And he said he was just shocked." Malone told Visser he didn't believe the officer planted the drugs on him, but he was stunned to see the cocaine because he'd been wearing the same jeans for three days. It's believed that a plea deal could be finalized as early as his next court date on Aug. 19. Malone was bought out by the Lightning in late June and his agent, Mike Liut, said a couple of teams have expressed interest. "I think he'll land somewhere," Liut said. "It's just a matter of where and when."
Aug 13 - 10:49 AM

Ryan Malone had a disposition hearing on Monday continued again.

It's believed he is talking about a deal. Malone is facing DUI and cocaine possession charges for an arrest on April 12. The case is expected to be finalized this month. Malone is a free agent after being bought out by the Lightning in late June.
Aug 11 - 10:22 AM

The Tampa Bay Lightning have reportedly bought out Ryan Malone.

That's not too surprising after Malone scored just five goals and 15 points in 57 games in 2013-14. The Lightning will save $4.5 million in cap space for the 2014-15 campaign as they still had a compliance buyout available. That will free up some room to comfortably work Ryan Callahan into their budget.
Jun 25 - 8:24 AM

Ryan Malone entered written plea of not guilty at his arraignment on Monday.

He is facing DUI and cocaine possession charges for an arrest on April 12. The Tampa Bay Lightning may decide to buy out the last year of his contract shortly due to his declining play and diminishing role with the club.
Jun 16 - 10:03 AM

There is a very real chance that Ryan Malone's contract will be bought out in the next few days.

NHL teams can use their compliance buyouts two games after the Stanley Cup has been awarded and that period would start on Sunday and end June 30th. The Bolts have one more buyout available to them after using their first last season on Vincent Lecavalier. The move could save Tampa $4.5 million and the bad publicity that will accompany Malone as he deals with cocaine possession and DUI charges.
Jun 14 - 10:28 AM

There's a chance that Ryan Malone could still be bought out by the Lightning regardless of what happens in his legal situation.

He is facing DUI and cocaine possession charges for an arrest on April 12. It is believed that a player in the Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program can be bought out because his absence from the team is not hockey related. Malone had another difficult season in 2013-14 and he's battled injury problems for the last five seasons. His role on the team has diminished as well and he was viewed as a possible buyout before his legal trouble came up. He has one year left on his contract at a cap hit of $4.5 million.
May 5 - 10:34 AM

Ryan Malone has pleaded not guilty to DUI and cocaine possession charges.

He was arrested on April 12 in Tampa for cocaine possession and driving under the influence. The case is ongoing and no trial date has been set. The cocaine and DUI charges could bring maximum prison times of five years and six months, respectively.
May 1 - 11:05 AM

Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman didn't have an update on Ryan Malone.

Malone was arrested on DUI and cocaine possession charges nearly two weeks ago. He is being evaluated by the NHL/NHLPA's Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program.
Apr 25 - 7:43 AM

Lightning coach Jon Cooper doesn't expect Ryan Malone's off-ice issues to be a distraction for the team.

"I don't know that will cause any sort of a distraction," Cooper said. "Hockey wise, we've had way more distractions worse than this one. This is more of a life issue with a friend of ours. Physically we know that he's doing OK and hopefully the worst is over and this is moving onward and upward. But as for the hockey, this won't be a distraction at all." Cooper added that the team is focused on Malone's personal well-being and his health after he was charged with DUI and possession of cocaine Saturday morning.
Apr 14 - 11:47 AM

Ryan Malone won't travel with the Lightning to Washington for Sunday's regular season finale.

He was charged with DUI and possession of cocaine Saturday morning. He had 1.3 grams of cocaine in his right back pocket and a blood alcohol content of .112 and .116, according to the police. The NHL/NHLPA's Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program will determine his playing status following a mandatory evaluation.
Apr 12 - 5:18 PM

Ryan Malone was arrested for cocaine possession and driving under the influence Saturday morning in Hillsborough County Florida.

Malone was pulled over after driving erratically and refused to take a sobriety test. He was then arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and during the arrest 1.3 grams of cocaine were found in the Tampa players' back pocket. The Lightning announced that Malone will not travel with the team for their final game in Washington. Malone has had a terrible season but this incident will have even more of an impact on his future in the NHL.
Apr 12 - 11:51 AM

Ryan Malone picked up two assists in Wednesday's win against Toronto.

The points were his first since Jan. 19, but he's still looking for his first goal since Jan. 11. He has appeared in Tampa Bay's last three games after being a healthy scratch for four straight contests.
Mar 20 - 11:19 AM

Ryan Malone will be a healthy scratch for a fourth straight game Monday night.

Obviously, he isn't thrilled with the decision but he said he's just trying to stay read for his next opportunity. Malone has five goals and 12 points in 46 games this campaign. He doesn't have a point in his last 12 outings.
Mar 10 - 5:00 PM

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