Malone was a key fixture on a line with Sidney Crosby through the season and then when Marian Hossa came to town, the line was complete. Malone finished the season with 27 goals and 24 assists in 77 games for the Penguins and will now have a salary cap hit of $4.5 million over the next seven seasons, which is roughly fair market value for the forward.
He could be a key fixture on the top line with forward Vincent Lecavalier, but he'll likely need a top end playmaker to re-capture his 27-goal mark, if not more.
|Vincent Lecavalier||Paul Ranger||Mike Smith|
|Martin St. Louis||Filip Kuba||Karri Ramo|
|Ryan Malone||Dan Boyle|
|Jeff Halpern||Shane O'Brien|
|Jussi Jokinen||Brad Lukowich|
|Michel Ouellet||Alexandre Picard|
|Gary Roberts||Mike Lundin|
The Lightning are far from done this summer, but a quick update on their progress before more updates... the signing of Malone and Roberts (to his full cap hit, including bonus) brings the team to 18 regular skaters at $41.5 million. Tons of room to move, with more moves to come.