View Full Version : Ryan Malone signs with Tampa; Penguins get 09 3rd round pick

06-30-2008, 12:44 PM
Sorry to see Bugsy go...he's a Pittsburgh kid through and through, but with so many other guys to try to fit in under the cap, he simply wasn't worth what he was asking for. I'm glad we were able to get a 3rd round pick for him next year (didn't think that would happen when he put the kibosh on the trade that Columbus was trying to work out for him prior to this year's draft). He gets to go from playing with guys like Sid, Geno, and Staal to guys like Vinnie LeCavalier, Marty St. Louis, and Stevie Stamkos...plus he'll personally experience Melrose's legendary mullet from behind the bench.


Bolts agree to 7-year, $31.5M deal with Malone, acquire rights to Rolston

ESPN.com news services

Tampa Bay has won the Ryan Malone lottery.

The Lightning and the unrestricted free agent agreed to a seven-year,
$31.5 million contract Sunday, ESPN.com has confirmed.

Tampa Bay dealt a third-round draft pick in 2009 for the short-term negotiating rights to Malone and Pittsburgh Penguins teammate Gary Roberts on Saturday. That allowed the Lightning to talk exclusively to Malone until the NHL free agency signing period begins Tuesday.

The Penguins didn't feel they could afford to re-sign Malone, who had 27 goals and 24 assists last season. The Pittsburgh native was believed to be seeking about $5 million per season.

Malone has 87 goals and 82 assists in 299 career games, all with the Penguins.

In another move, Tampa Bay acquired the rights to forward Brian Rolston from the Minnesota Wild for a conditional draft pick.

The Wild will get a selection in either the 2009 or 2010 draft, with Wild spokesman Aaron Sickman saying Sunday night it will depend on whether Tampa Bay re-signs Rolston.

Wild general manager Doug Risebrough said recently that if a deal wasn't reached by Tuesday, it would likely signal the end of Rolston's days in Minnesota.

Minnesota had been hoping to retain the 35-year-old Rolston for a few more years after getting 96 goals and 106 assists from him over the last three seasons.

Rolston had been one of Minnesota's most consistent and reliable players, missing only five games over his first three seasons with the Wild.

Rolston, who hit the 30-goal mark three consecutive seasons for the Wild, sent text messages to Twin Cities newspapers earlier Sunday saying he was "going to the first of July." He did not elaborate, and it wasn't immediately clear Sunday night whether he still planned to become a free agent Tuesday or if would try to reach a deal with Tampa Bay.

Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.

06-30-2008, 03:24 PM
damn that sucks i liked malone a lot and he has been a pen for a while now. 4.4 mill or so is a lot for malone though

06-30-2008, 04:26 PM
Good tough player, I wish him well.

06-30-2008, 06:32 PM
What's he supposed to say now...I'm a Lightning?

Anyway, he's going off to Tampa to play for Mullet Boy. I enjoyed him playing for the Pens. The cash he got was too rich for the Pens cap to keep what amounts to a role player, though.

The Pens will keep filtering prospects into the system as they have the last couple years. I suspect next season won't be quite like this season. But I think the Pens will get to that place where the Wings are where they can reload on the fly whenever they lose a quality player. The Pens are building toward that place, slowly but surely.

06-30-2008, 06:41 PM
...What's the deal with Hossa?... Isn't he also possibly on the way out the door?

07-01-2008, 10:29 AM
...What's the deal with Hossa?... Isn't he also possibly on the way out the door?

He said he'd be more willing to stay on this young up-and-coming contender for less money than we would to take a blockbuster deal on an also-ran team...but he just wanted to enter free agency this week to gauge just how much other teams would be willing to overpay first. He hasn't ruled out returning to the Pens by any means yet.

07-01-2008, 12:43 PM
From TSN: Dupuis re-signs for 3 years at $1.4 mil per, and Malkin looks to be on the verge of signing essentially the same deal we gave Crosby last year. :D


The Pittsburgh Penguins are closing in on an extension with Evgeni Malkin that is believed to mirror the extension Pens captain Sidney Crosby signed in July of 2007, a five-year deal averaging $8.7 million.

Sources tell TSN that Pittsburgh general manager Ray Shero and Malkin's agent J.P Barry are believed to be finalizing the details with an announcement exected either later today or tomorrow.

Malkin, 21, emerged as an NHL superstar in his second season, finishing second in the league with 106 points before adding 22 points in 20 playoff games and has one season remaining on his current contract, so the extension would take effect in the 2009-2010 season.

The Penguins also agreed to a three-year deal with forward Pascal Dupuis.

Dupuis, who would have been an unrestricted free agent, agreed to a three-year deal this morning, worth $1.4 million per season.

Dupuis was acquired from Atlanta on February 26 in the Marian Hossa deal. He scored 12 points in 16 regular season games with the Penguins, and added 7 points in 20 playoff games.

07-01-2008, 03:24 PM
Why are they willing to sign the oft-injured Mark Eaton to a 2 year, $2 million deal, but are willing to let backup goaltender extraordinaire Ty Conklin leave for a 1 year, $750,000 deal with Detroit? Conk saved their season when the Flower had the high ankle sprain.

07-01-2008, 03:46 PM
Adam Hall will join Malone and Roberts in Tampa after signing a 3 year deal worth $1.8 million. Can you tell I'd like a hockey forum on here somewhere too?

07-01-2008, 04:20 PM
Eric Godard, 6'4" 218 RW, looks to be the muscle that will replace Big Georges Laraque on the 4th line after signing a 3 year deal with Pittsburgh.