The Capitals sent Malone, Zach Sanford, a 2017 first-round draft choice and a conditional pick to the Blues in exchange for star defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk and goalie Pheonix Copley on Monday. Malone didn't get the opportunity to play in any NHL games with the Capitals this season, but that could change with his arrival in St. Louis. The Blues currently have Ivan Barbashev (upper body) and Ryan Reaves (foot) labeled as day-to-day on top of second-year phenom Robby Fabbri having been lost for the season due to an ACL tear. Malone is a physical pivot who has more PIM (188) than games played (176) in his NHL career, so he'll be hard-pressed to carve out the type of role that would impress the masses in the fantasy realm.
Malone signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Capitals on Saturday. Malone appeared in 57 games with the Hurricanes last season, notching just six points (two goals, four assists) with an ugly minus-11 rating over that span. The 27-year-old forward will get an opportunity to compete for an bottom-six role with the Capitals in September's training camp, but may ultimately begin the 2016-17 campaign in the minors if he fails to impress.
Despite clearing waivers Friday, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports that Malone could be in the lineup with the parent club Friday evening, depending on the availability of Andrej Nestrasil (lower body) and Jay McClement (upper body). What a whirlwind for Malone, though constant roster shuffling is to be expected since the trade deadline is looming. If Malone draws into the lineup Friday, it would be his first taste of game action in over a month as he's been a healthy scratch in 12 consecutive games.
Malone was placed on waivers by the Hurricanes on Thursday. After being a healthy scratch for Carolina's last 11 contests, Malone was waived by the team. If he is unclaimed, the 26-year-old will likely be reassigned to AHL Charlotte. The winger never quite lived up to expectations this season after posting career highs in both goals and assists during the 2014-15 campaign.
Malone served as a healthy scratch for the fourth consecutive game Thursday against the Capitals. The success of recent AHL callup Phil Di Giuseppe (7 points in 13 games) has essentially created a situation where the Canes now have an extra forward on the roster. As a result, coach Bill Peters has had to rotate certain guys in and out of the lineup to make room, and Malone has been unlucky enough to draw the short straw the last few games. He'll probably be back in a fourth-line capacity at some point, but the timing remains uncertain.
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