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Rangers Agree to Terms With Free Agent Forward Ryan Malone

by New York Rangers @NYRangers / NYRangers.com

New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the team has agreed to terms with free agent forward Ryan Malone.

Malone, 34, has skated in 641 career NHL games with Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay, registering 179 goals and 191 assists for 370 points, along with 689 penalty minutes. Since entering the NHL in 2003-04, he is one of five players to register at least 150 goals, 350 points, and 650 penalty minutes. Malone has reached the 20-goal and 40-point plateaus in six of 10 seasons in his career. He has also ranked among the top five on his team in goals and points six times, and has finished among the top five on his team in power play goals in seven seasons during his career. Malone established career-highs in goals (27), points (51), plus/minus rating (plus-14), power play goals (11), and average ice time (19:04) during the 2007-08 season with Pittsburgh.

The 6-4, 224-pounder has skated in 43 career NHL playoff games, recording nine goals and 13 assists for 22 points. He established playoff career-highs in games played (20), goals (six), assists (10), points (16), plus/minus rating (plus-four), power play goals (three), and game-winning goals (two) while helping Pittsburgh reach the Stanley Cup Finals in 2008.

Last season, Malone skated in 57 games with Tampa Bay, registering five goals and 10 assists for 15 points, along with 67 penalty minutes. He ranked seventh on the team in hits (75) and seventh among forwards on the team in blocked shots (26) during the season. Malone tallied a goal and posted a plus-one rating while skating in his 600th career NHL game on November 9 at Detroit. He also registered two points (one goal, one assist), along with a plus-three rating on October 15 vs. Los Angeles.

Internationally, the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native has represented Team USA in numerous tournaments. Malone captured a silver medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, as he registered three goals and two assists for five points, along with six penalty minutes and a plus-two rating in six games. He tied for third on the team in goals and points in the Olympics. Malone also captured a bronze medal at the 2004 IIHF World Championship in the Czech Republic, as he tied for second on Team USA with three goals in nine games.

Malone was originally selected by Pittsburgh in the fourth round, 115th overall, in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.

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