by PuckStopsHere on 04/13/14 at 11:10 PM ET
Ryan Malone was once a good hockey player. He scored more than 20 goals six times. He represented the US in the Olympics in 2010. Things have not been so good lately. He is a five goal scorer this season. He is a prime candidate for Tampa Bay's second compliance buyout. He is signed through the end of next season with a $4.5 million salary cap hit.
To make matters worse on early Saturday morning he was arrested and charged for DUI and cocaine possession after a traffic stop in Tampa. At age 34, Malone's career looks like it is over and his personal life looks to be in a shambles.
This could create some interesting debate about the CBA this summer. You cannot buyout and injured player or a player in the NHL's substance abuse program. It is a good guess that Ryan Malone will be in the NHL's substance abuse program during the compliance buyout period. There will probably be an argument between the NHL and NHLPA over that.
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