The Tampa Bay Lightning have one compliance buyout remaining after using the first one on Vincent Lecavalier last summer. If they use this year's, the most likely candidate to be bought out is oft-injured Ryan Malone . On top of injury concerns, the 34-year-old is also dealing with legal issues stemming from an April arrest for cocaine possession and driving under the influence. Malone is due to appear in court Monday in Tampa according to Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times. More from the Times: Neither Malone, 34, nor his agent, would comment, but he realizes he's a candidate [for a buyout]. And Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman, speaking in general about Malone, didn't discount any possibility "Obviously injuries he's had, some serious injuries over the past three, four years since I've been with the organization, have limited the number of games that he could play," Yzerman said. "It does take its toll on a player. We're taking everything into consideration for the offseason in improving our team and we're looking at all different (options), whether it be the draft, free agency, trades, buyouts. We'll take it all into consideration."
Lightning may buy out Ryan Malone
CBS Sports | Jun 13