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Bolts’ Malone upset with being a healthy scratch… again

Mar 10, 2014, 12:56 PM EDT

Tampa Bay forward Ryan Malone will be a healthy scratch for the third consecutive game on Monday when the Bolts host the Coyotes at the Times Forum — and, according to reports, he’s none too pleased about it.

(Note: It’s the third game, not the fourth.)

Malone, 34, hasn’t played since a 4-2 loss to St. Louis on Mar. 4. That game was the last of a 12-game pointless streak that saw the veteran winger go minus-4 with diminished ice time (just over 10 minutes against the Blues.)

This season has not been kind to the former Penguin and U.S. Olympian. A big-bodied power forward (6-foot-4, 225 pounds), Malone missed 16 games with a foot injury and his production has suffered, scoring just five goals and 12 points in 46 games while averaging a career-low 12:22 TOI per game.

Compounding matters is Malone’s contract — a bloated seven-year, $31.5 million deal with a $4.5 million annual cap hit. It’s possible Malone could be a buyout candidate this summer, though it’s also possible Tampa Bay will have him play out the final season of his deal.

  1. alicesrightfootesq - Mar 10, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    Play better?

    • ntvd7 - Mar 10, 2014 at 2:07 PM

      That might be a start

      He’s really good when he’s healthy but that hasn’t been the case in forever

  2. joey4id - Mar 10, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    The whole team has been struggling. Only 3 wins in the last 12 games.

  3. boltsfan777 - Mar 10, 2014 at 2:17 PM

    Even if Malone isn’t scoring points, the Bolts could really use his size on the fore check. He used to be great in front of the net. His production has been down for a couple years now, but he hasn’t been the same since his shoulder injury last year vs. Philly.

    For all the offensive talent the Bolts have, they are still too easy to push around, and it’s too easy to skate through them uncontested. I’m just guessing that Yzerman and Cooper are looking the longer range big picture now since the Bolts certainly don’t look like they would get through a 7 game series with the likes of Boston or Pittsburgh, not unless Bishop gets incredibly hot and steals a bunch of games.

  4. buddysguys - Mar 10, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    Trade him to the Rangers….they are dumb.

  5. leeeroooyjeeenkiiins - Mar 10, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    When a team scores all 4 of their goals in the 10 minutes that you were on the ice, you can’t really complain about getting benched. Bugsy seems like a cool guy that you’d love to sit down and have some beers with, but he simply hasn’t gotten it done all year and has progressively been getting worse as the season goes on.

    • dirt2013 - Mar 10, 2014 at 4:05 PM

      What does that say about the other players on the ice or was Malone by himself for those 10 min.? Having said that players who play that style age faster than other players.

  6. c9castine - Mar 10, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    Unfortunately he has not been able to stay in the lineup consistently for a long time. When he was able to do that he was a quality power forward and contributor. Tough as nails.

    I’d say if he continues to work and stayhealthy he can be what he used to be but time is running out on his career.

  7. 313rowfseat10 - Mar 11, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    Bugsy has always been one of my favorites on the Bolts, however he looks incredibly slow compared to the kids from Syracuse/Norfolk. Other teams just skate around him.

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