NHL Notebook: Malone signs deal for 7 years with Lightning
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The Tampa Bay Lightning signed former Penguins left winger Ryan Malone to a seven-year contract yesterday.
Malone was acquired from the Penguins along with Gary Roberts, who signed a one-year deal also with Tampa Bay, Saturday in exchange for a conditional draft pick in 2009. Malone played in 77 games with the Penguins last season, scoring 27 goals with 51 points.
The Lightning also signed forward Vinny Prospal to a multiyear deal.
Canadian sports channel TSN reported Sunday night that Malone's deal would be worth $35.1 million.
Tampa Bay also acquired the rights to forward Brian Rolston, another player who could become an unrestricted free agent today, from Minnesota Sunday and was trying to work out a contract with him.
Roberts, a three-time NHL All-Star, had three goals and 15 points with 40 penalty minutes in 38 games last season. He has played in 1,194 career games with Calgary, Carolina, Toronto, Florida and the Penguins, recording 434 career goals and 903 points.
Tampa Bay acquired the rights to Prospal June 18 in return for two draft picks. He played in 62 games with the Lightning last season, picking up 29 goals and 57 points before being traded to Philadelphia Feb. 25.
Also, the Lightning obtained minor league defenseman Janne Niskala from the Flyers for a sixth-round draft pick in 2009.
Colorado re-signed Adam Foote to a two-year contract and John-Michael Liles to a four-year deal. Foote appeared in 12 regular-season games and 10 playoff games for the Avalanche last season after he was acquired from Columbus Feb. 26. Between Columbus and Colorado last season, he had one goal, 15 assists and 107 penalty minutes in 75 games.
Buffalo rewarded Paul Gaustad for his hard-hitting style, re-signing this blue-collar center to a four-year, $9.2 million contract. Also, the Sabres have opened contract talks with Ryan Miller in a bid to sign the star goaltender to a lucrative long-term deal this summer, well before he can become an unrestricted free agent after next season. Miller is scheduled to make $3.5 million in the final year of his contract this season.
San Jose re-signed forward Jody Shelley to a two-year contract, keeping its top enforcer after acquiring him in a trade last season from the Blue Jackets.
Philadelphia got defenseman Tim Ramholt from the Flames for left winger Kyle Greentree, and traded defenseman Janne Niskala to Tampa Bay for a sixth-round draft pick in '09.
First Published July 1, 2008 12:00 am