Report: Rangers place Ryan Malone on waivers

Ryan Malone has been placed on waivers after just five games with Rangers. (USATSI)
Ryan Malone has been placed on waivers after just five games with Rangers. (USATSI)

The New York Rangers had been hoping Ryan Malone could fill a hole in the bottom of their lineup and seize the second chance he was given after being bought out by the Tampa Bay Lightning over the summer. After five games and some time spent as a healthy scratch, Malone has been placed on waivers, according to Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet.

Should Malone clear waivers, he'll be sent to the Rangers' American Hockey League affiliate in Hartford. Malone is also playing on a two-way contract, so he will see a significant drop in salary in the AHL.

The veteran forward has been trying to rebuild his career and reputation after he pleaded no contest to a DUI charge and agreed to a pretrial diversion program on a charge of cocaine possession stemming from an April arrest. The Lightning cut ties with Malone, who had just one year remaining on his contract after the season ended.

In five games, Malone has no points and just five shots on goal with New York. His ice time had been dropping of late as he played under nine minutes in each of his last two games and has been a frequent healthy scratch.

The 34-year-old veteran also had a dreadful campaign with the Lightning last year, but is only three years removed from a 20-goal season in Tampa.

The Rangers are currently dealing with some injuries as top defenseman Ryan McDonagh went down with a separated shoulder Saturday. Meanwhile, top center Derek Stepan is nearing his return from a fractured leg, as is defenseman Dan Boyle from a broken hand. If the Rangers need to open up a lineup spot, Malone would have appeared to be the easy choice to send down.

This move would also appear to signify that rookie Anthony Duclair will not be sent back to junior. He has played eight games already this season. If Duclair reaches 10 games played, the Rangers will burn off the first year of his entry-level contract.

CBS Sports Writer

Chris Peters has been a hockey writer for CBS Sports since 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for numerous outlets and edited the United States of Hockey blog, covering the sport at all levels. Peters also... Full Bio

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