Ryan Malone pleads no contest to DUI; cocaine charges to be dismissed

Aug 19, 9:43 AM

Former Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Malone pled no contest to a DUI charge in court Tuesday morning, according to Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times.

The 34-year-old is set to enter a pre-trial intervention program stemming from a cocaine possession charge. 

Malone's agent said a couple NHL teams are interested in the unrestricted free agent; the signing process will no doubt be helped along by putting these legal issues behind him.

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