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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.

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Ryan Malone was arrested for cocaine possession and driving under the influence Saturday morning in Hillsborough County Florida.

Malone was pulled over after driving erratically and refused to take a sobriety test. He was then arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and during the arrest 1.3 grams of cocaine were found in the Tampa players' back pocket. The Lightning announced that Malone will not travel with the team for their final game in Washington. Malone has had a terrible season but this incident will have even more of an impact on his future in the NHL.

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Ryan Malone picked up two assists in Wednesday's win against Toronto.

The points were his first since Jan. 19, but he's still looking for his first goal since Jan. 11. He has appeared in Tampa Bay's last three games after being a healthy scratch for four straight contests.

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Ryan Malone looks like he will be a healthy scratch Saturday night against the Devils.

It will be his fifth consecutive game sitting in the press box. At least Malone is acknowledging that he has put himself in this situation. He told reporters that he has no excuses and has to play better. Bench Malone if you have not already done so.

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Ryan Malone will be a healthy scratch for a fourth straight game Monday night.

Obviously, he isn't thrilled with the decision but he said he's just trying to stay read for his next opportunity. Malone has five goals and 12 points in 46 games this campaign. He doesn't have a point in his last 12 outings.

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Ryan Malone had two goals and six penalty minutes in Saturday's win over Philadelphia.

He has racked 18 minutes in the sin bin in his last five games. Malone scored on Saturday for the first time since Nov. 12. He has 11 points and 53 penalty minutes in 29 contests.