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Report: Rangers show interest in Malone

Aug 27, 2014, 10:57 AM EDT

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With his DUI and cocaine possession issues now sorted, Ryan Malone is looking to get his career back on track — and, according to the Minnesota Star-Tribune, he might have a suitor in the New York Rangers.

The Trib’s Mike Russo reports that the Rangers have spoken to Malone, who became an unrestricted free agent this summer following his buyout in Tampa Bay. The decision to amnesty Malone’s contract came a few months after he was arrested in late April for driving under the influence while carrying 1.3 grams of cocaine — last week, Malone plead no contest to the DUI charge and agreed to a pre-trial intervention program for the possession charge.

Also last week, Malone’s agent — Mike Liut — said a couple of teams have expressed interest in the six-time 20-goal scorer and former U.S. Olympian. That the Rangers are one of those teams shouldn’t come as a huge surprise; the club is pressed up against the salary cap and has been adding veteran skaters on the cheap all offseason, inking the likes of Lee Stempniak, Chris Mueller and Matthew Lombardi for less than $1 million each.

Malone, 34, could join New York on similar terms and be reunited with a number of his ex-running mates, including former Tampa Bay Lightning forwards Dominic Moore and Martin St. Louis.

  1. stepanup - Aug 27, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    Sure, let’s make it more difficult for JT Miller, Jesper Fast, and now Hayes to find a role on the big club by adding an old, fragile winger who can’t skate.

    Not impressed.

  2. xdj511 - Aug 27, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    Hopefully this won’t amount to much more than a kick of the tires. The Rangers have plenty of wingers vying for the third and fourth line slots already. They don’t need one with his baggage.

  3. letsgolightning - Aug 27, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    Signing Malone is like pouring salt on your own wounds.

  4. charastein - Aug 27, 2014 at 11:20 AM

    Hey, he can find plenty of coke in NY!

    • bsaures - Aug 27, 2014 at 11:26 AM

      He wants that new york nose candy

  5. claysbar - Aug 27, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    “With his DUI and cocaine possession issues now sorted…”
    Am I the only one who read that as snorted??

  6. barkar942 - Aug 27, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    Uh- let’s not and say we did, Glen! Let’s stick to youth. Let him go to Edmonton.

  7. downwithbettman - Aug 27, 2014 at 12:43 PM

    New York really loves Tampa’s old players man

    • 19to77 - Aug 27, 2014 at 1:44 PM

      They’ve got a thing for Columbus’ cast-offs too.

      • i1theinternet - Aug 27, 2014 at 2:28 PM

        That has historically worked out pretty well for Los Angeles…

  8. budzo83 - Aug 27, 2014 at 12:46 PM

    Slats is a sucker for a reclaimation project and New York is a hell of a place to try to work out your substance abuse issues… This should end well.

  9. goodellisajoke - Aug 27, 2014 at 2:11 PM

    Anyone remember what happened to Kevin Stevens when he went to NY with the little drug problem he had! Bad idea Bugsy. At least there are plenty of taxi’s in NY.

  10. calithirteen - Aug 27, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    What’s that? You want to bring in a troubled athlete to one of the biggest and easiest cities to get drugs? Sure….go for it! What’s the worst that could happen? I’m sure he will just stay home when he isn’t playing hockey and have no issues whatsoever!

    • bsaures - Aug 27, 2014 at 2:34 PM

      Yes he wont crack under the pressure lol

  11. bleedrangerblue - Aug 27, 2014 at 5:23 PM

    O please god no. No way!! I’m praying Sather walks away….

  12. stakex - Aug 27, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    Ryan “Pass the blow” Malone eh? Yeah, that’s not going to work out too well in NY and considering that the bottom of the Rangers roster is already a little crowded…. I don’t really see the point in such a move.

    With that said, I don’t think it would be a disaster either if the Rangers did sign him. Until a couple seasons ago, Malone was a pretty solid .5-6 point per game player. If he could rediscover that level of play (he’s only 34, so its possible) and stay off the blow… he could be a good addition. There also wouldn’t be much risk as its unlikely he would be offered more than $900k, meaning he could be buried in the minors if it doesn’t work out. It would certainly make it much harder (if not impossible) for any of the young guys to crack the opening night roster, perhaps hurting the Rangers in the long run, but in reality its a move that has nothing but upside for the coming year since if it works out… great. If not, no worse for wear.

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