Ryan Malone LW NYR 6 Months

Malone was scratched Sunday for the third straight game, Newsday reports.

Malone appears to be on the outside looking in, as he's yet to play in a regular season game. The veteran tallied just 15 points last season and posted a minus-seven rating in an average of 11:47 of ice time.

Ryan Malone LW NYR 6 Months

Malone (hip) hopes to play in the Rangers' final two preseason games, Andrew Gross of The Record reports.

Malone returned to practice Wednesday, and with Friday being the team's next game, will work towards being ready for that day. He is battling several other candidates for a few forward spots, and will likely need to impress over the final two preseason games to earn a spot.

Ryan Malone LW NYR 6 Months

Malone (hip flexor) returned to practice Wednesday, Andrew Gross of the Bergen Record reports.

With the Rangers not playing their next preseason contest until Friday, it looks like Malone will still have some time to nurse himself back to full health before making a final push for a roster berth. The Rangers have several candidates for a minute number of forward spots, meaning Malone may need to impress over the final two games in order to secure a gig.

Ryan Malone LW NYR 6 Months

Malone is day-to-day with a hip flexor injury, Andrew Gross of The Record reports.

It is unclear when Malone got the injury, but nevertheless it does not appear serious, and he should still be ready to play when the regular season starts.

Ryan Malone LW NYR 6 Months

Malone netted a first period powerplay goal in Sunday's preseason loss to the Devils.

Malone, who is on a long list of players vying for a few open spots played on the team's fourth line with Dominic Moore and Jesper Fast. If the five time 20-goal is going to stick around for the regular season he'll have to consistently chip in offensively.

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Malone signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Rangers on Thursday, Larry Brooks of the New York Post reports. The deal is worth $700,000 at the NHL level.

Malone could only secure a minimal commitment from the Rangers after an Apr. 12 arrest for DUI and cocaine possession understandably resulted in a cool market for the veteran winger. Even prior to the arrest, Malone's career was on shaky ground, as his annual injury issues and declining on-ice production had relegated the one-time 50-point scorer to checking line status. He'll be one of a slew of players competing for a fourth-line role with the Rangers in training camp, with his two-way contract likely working against him.

Ryan Malone LW NYR 7 Months

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

Malone grew up in the area and Liut admits there's "a natural attraction there" for his client. Malone would come with serious baggage, though, considering his DUI and cocaine possession charges this past April. Liut said he's talked to several teams, but wouldn't elaborate on which ones.

Ryan Malone LW NYR 7 Months

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.

Ryan Malone LW NYR 7 Months

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.