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How About Ryan Malone In Toronto?

from Damien Cox of The Spin,

The fact that the Maple Leafs would love to get bigger up front, well, that’s nice and all. But try to find the players to fit that need.

We’ve talked lots about Ryan Getzlaf, but wanting that big centre and getting him out of Anaheim are two entirely different things.

So Brian Burke may have to set his sights a little lower looking six weeks ahead to the Feb. 27 trade deadline after making big deals to acquire Phil Kessel, Dion Phaneuf and Joffrey Lupul the last three seasons.

Not just a little lower. Also at a financial cost that may be less appealing.

Which brings us once more to Tampa Bay Lightning left winger Ryan Malone, once one of the more highly regarded power forwards in the game, now less of a force for the Bolts, who sit at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings right now.

The 6-foot-4 winger would, nonetheless, look good in the Leaf lineup. But he’s 32 years old, has only nine goals in 38 games this season and carries a contract that comes with a salary cap hit of $4.5 million the next three years after this one.

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DigitalGypsy66's avatar

Geez, Bugsy’s already 32. Glad Shero passed on matching that contract, too.  Too much term.

Posted by DigitalGypsy66 on 01/17/12 at 11:42 AM ET

Hank1974's avatar

Brian Burke’s checklist for players:

1. American?
2. Can I overpay for them?

Malone fits those two, so I’m sure this trade will happen.

Jeff Finger, Mike Komiserek, Phil Kessel and Brett Lebda agree.

Posted by Hank1974 on 01/17/12 at 12:52 PM ET

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malone is a good player.  he is in a bad situation right now, but he will pull through it.  i really wished the pens would have made him an offer instead of waiting for hossa to decide what he wanted to do, but regardless the salary he makes now makes it difficult to move him.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 01/17/12 at 01:11 PM ET

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Hank1974-Finger was brought in by Fletcher not Burke.

Posted by bakes on 01/17/12 at 02:27 PM ET

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Hank1974-Finger was brought in by Fletcher not Burke.
Posted by bakes on 01/17/12 at 12:27 PM ET

He didn’t mean to though:

http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog.php?post_id=16043

Posted by NathanBC on 01/17/12 at 02:35 PM ET

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Malone has a NTC and we’ve heard this rumor before. Any time a writer says, “________ would look great in a _______ uniform” I’ll believe it when I see it.

Posted by tj77 from usa on 01/17/12 at 05:29 PM ET

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