The New York Rangers have decided to take a chance on veteran forward Ryan Malone.
The organization signed the free agent forward to a one year two-way contract last week. According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, the 34 year old veteran is set to earn $700,000 in the NHL or $100,000 in the AHL.
Ryan Malone tallied five goals and 10 assists for the Tampa Bay Lightning last season and was bought out by the Lightning in the off season. I believe this is a good deal for both sides. This will give Malone a chance to re-ignite his career. He’s struggled with injuries the past few seasons and as a result, his numbers have been declining rapidly.
However, hopefully being reunited with teammate Martin St. Louis will give Malone the help he needs to start scoring goals consistently again. If nothing else, this signing will give head Coach Alain Vigneault a little more depth.
Because I believe Malone still has plenty to offer his new team. He’s got size, grit and isn’t afraid to throw his weight around. Last season he finished seventh in hits for the Lightning with 75. He also blocked 26 shots as well. Malone is a great two way player that would benefit any team in my opinion.
I believe he is the perfect replacement for forward Derek Dorsett. Dorsett was traded to the Vancouver Canucks early in the off season. Malone will likely spend the majority of the season rotating the third and fourth line this season. He’ll also be given occasional opportunities on the team’s penalty kill units. I believe if this guy can stay healthy and avoid injuries, he’ll get to at least 20 points this season.
The New York Rangers have done an exceptional job re-signing their core group of players as well as bringing in some new guys. Of the players they brought in, I believe Mathew Lombardi and Dan Boyle will be the players to watch throughout the season. Lombardi will provide some relief when it comes to killing penalties and veteran defenseman Dan Boyle will be able to help Marc Staal to anchor the team’s defense.
I really hope forward Rick Nash will have a breakout year this season for the Rangers too. Nash finished sixth in scoring with 39 points last season. He scored three goals and accumulated seven assists in the team’s playoff campaign last year.
This is a guy that struggled early in the season last year. But I believe he’s capable of a lot more. He could get to at least 40 points or more in the upcoming season.