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Malone pleaded no contest Tuesday to his DUI charge stemming from an April arrest, but did agree to a pretrial diversion program for the cocaine possession charge he received in the same incident, Matt Baker of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The diversion program will help Malone's chances of getting the felony drug charge dismissed if he completes the required criteria. Malone's pending legal issues have made teams reluctant to extend a contract offer just yet, but several clubs are said to be interested in the 34-year-old. Once he completes the program and completes community service for his DUI charge, Malone should latch on with a team.

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Malone was "baffled" when officers found cocaine in his back pocket when they pulled him over in April, reports the Tampa Bay Times. "I asked where it came from," officer Andrew Visser wrote in his report. "And he said he was just shocked."

Malone's next court date is August 19 and he could work out a plea on the DUI and possession charges. He says he has no idea where the cocaine came from because he had worn the same pants for three days. He's an unrestricted free agent and his agent Mike Liut says a couple of teams have expressed interest in the winger. "I think he'll land somewhere," Liut said. "It's just a matter of where and when."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.