Report: Rangers have spoken with Ryan Malone

Aug 26, 8:34 PM

Gutted by a myriad of salary cap issues this offseason, the New York Rangers are reportedly still looking to add more girth to their lineup. In the course of shopping the NHL's bargain bin, the club has reportedly spoken with former Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning winger Ryan Malone, according to Minneapolis Star Tribune reporter Mike Russo.

Russo says Malone, who was taking part in Octagon agency's pre-training camp skates in Minnesota recently, looked good at the on-ice workouts.

The 34-year-old power forward has struggled to stay healthy in recent seasons and was the target of a compliance buyout by the Lightning this past June. The veteran depth winger scored five goals and chipped in 15 points in 57 games with the Lightning, but his off-season was derailed by a DUI and cocaine possession charge in mid-April.

Last week Malone pleaded no contest to the DUI charge, and the possession charge will be dismissed once he completes a pre-trail intervention program.

The Rangers currently have 12 forwards signed to one-way contracts, and have brought in a handful of low-risk gambles like Matthew Lombardi and Lee Stempniak already this summer. At the right price, Malone could be an intriguing reclamation project for a club desperate for additional forward depth.

There's also some familiarity between several Rangers players and Malone, as SNYRangersBlog.com points out, the veteran winger has previously played with Rangers forwards Dominic Moore and Martin St. Louis, as well as newly signed Rangers swingman Michael Kostka.

Rangers general manager Glen Sather is also known to be cut from forgiving cloth.

"As a general philosophy, I believe people deserve a second chance," Sather said during a conversation with New York Post columnist Larry Brooks about interviewing controversial task master Mike Keenan for a head coaching job back in 2000.

[H/T SNYRangersBlog.com]

Sep 16, 8:01 PM

Ryan Malone 'grateful for the opportunity' given by Rangers

Sep 16, 8:01 PM

Things looked pretty bleak for Ryan Malone earlier this summer, facing DUI and cocaine possession charges and the subject of a compliance buyout used by the Tampa Bay Lightning. 

The 34-year-old, however, signed a two-way contract with the New York Rangers, and is "grateful for the opportunity" to keep his professional hockey career rolling in the Big Apple.

"There's a lot of hard work still to be put in just to earn a spot because this is a deep team," Malone said Tuesday, via the team's website. "I don't want to look too far down the road. I'm not going to win or lose a spot on the first day of training camp, so I have to go out there, work hard, do the right things, and show up and play well at those exhibition games.

"There's enough on the table to motivate myself," Malone continued, "but ultimately this is about being on a great hockey team – where I wanted to be."

Malone scored five goals and added 10 assists in 57 games with the Lightning this past season, but displayed the ability to be a consistent 20-goal scorer earlier in his career. 

Whether he can rebound from a down season and the serious off-ice issues and make an impact for the Rangers is yet to be determined. But, Malone admits, "as long as I keep going over the boards, I'm happy."

The Rangers will have a bevy of veterans and youngsters fighting for jobs come training camp, meaning Malone will have his work cut out for him in order to keep making that leap onto the ice.

Feature photo courtesy of USA TODAY Sports/Kim Klement

Sep 11, 1:42 PM

Ryan Malone signs 2-way deal with Rangers

Sep 11, 1:42 PM

Ryan Malone has found his footing on Broadway. 

The New York Rangers signed the troubled winger a two-way deal worth $700,000 at the NHL level, according to the Larry Brooks of the New York Post.

The team has since confirmed Brooks' report.

Malone, an Olympic silver medallist in 2010, was bought out by the Tampa Bay Lightning in April after being charged with DUI and possession of cocaine.

He managed just five goals and 15 points in 57 games last season. 

Feature photo courtesy of USA TODAY Sports/Douglas Jones

Sep 8, 4:46 PM

Ryan Malone speaks after informal skate with Rangers at MSG: 'I made a mistake'

Sep 8, 4:46 PM

Ryan Malone was offered a professional tryout with the New York Rangers Sunday and took part in an informal skate with select team members at Madison Square Garden on Monday morning.

Malone, who was charged with possession of cocaine and DUI in April, is ready to move on. The cocaine charge has been conditionally dismissed pending Malone's completion of a pre-trial program.

"I made a mistake and obviously I have to admit that," Malone told reporters. "Thankfully, luckily, no one got hurt and it has obviously changed my life for the better, even my family's life."

Malone knows this may not turn into a contract and he will likely find himself in the same position next summer, but hopes to change the minds of NHL teams with his tryout.

"We've been in contact with a few teams but I think here it's a great opportunity, a great team, great young talent," he said. "I just decided to come out here and show my face and see how that goes."

Although Malone wouldn't comment on the status of his DUI charge and the community service he needs to complete, he admitted he needed to be cleared physically, which wasn't a problem.

"Getting reinstated by the doctors was the one step needed and that happened a few days ago."

Malone wouldn't say whether he believed the tryout would result in a contract, but he hopes he'll continue his NHL career within the next year.

Sep 7, 7:56 PM

Report: Rangers offering training camp tryout to Ryan Malone

Sep 7, 7:56 PM

The New York Rangers are apparently giving Ryan Malone another chance at playing in the NHL following his tumultuous offseason.

The New York Post reports the Rangers will offer Malone an opportunity to make the team out of training camp, marking the first substantial interest from an NHL club since the 34-year-old was bought out by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Malone will join New York players such as Ryan McDonagh, Derek Stepan and Martin St. Louis in pre-camp skates, and his agent Mike Liut tells the Post he will be speaking with representatives from the team "early this week."

Malone pleaded no contest in August to a DUI charge stemming from an April arrest and is in stage two of the NHL's substance abuse/behavioral health program; he is clear to sign a contract with any interested team. The Rangers' interest makes sense considering Malone can likely be signed on the cheap - perhaps even on a two-way contract - which is a good fit for a roster up against the cap.

Sep 6, 10:05 AM

Ryan Malone's agent on Penguins: 'They're kicking tires'

Sep 6, 10:05 AM

Free agent forward Ryan Malone continues to look for a home, and two teams have expressed interest in the 34-year-old.

"I have talked to Pittsburgh about him throughout the summer. They're kicking tires," Malone's agent Mike Liut said. "They've expressed some interest, but it's just that. Which is fine."

Malone was arrested on DUI and cocaine charges April 12 and although the cocaine charges are likely to be dismissed, his run-in with the law will not bode well for a potential contract.

"There isn't anything where I can say, 'Hey, this is what we're going to do.' Hopefully I can next week," Liut said.

Liut is hoping the Penguins welcome Malone back as he was part of the team for four seasons, including 2008 when the team reached the Stanley Cup Final.

"There's a natural attraction there," Liut said. "He grew up there. He played there. They lost in the Final when he was there. There's that association. But management is completely different [now]."