Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Malone was arrested early Saturday morning, and charged with driving under the influence and cocaine possession.
"We are aware of the situation concerning Ryan Malone this morning," general manager Steve Yzerman said in a statement. "Ryan will not travel with the team to Washington today, but beyond that we cannot comment further at this time."
According to a Hillsborough County Sheriff's report, Malone, 34, was arrested by Tampa police at 5:40 Saturday morning on Platt Street and Rome Avenue S. There were no other immediate details. Malone was being held on $2,500 bond.
From the NHL and deputy commissioner Bill Daly:
“We are aware of the situation this morning involving Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Malone. Under the terms of the collectively bargained joint NHL/NHLPA Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program, Mr. Malone is subject to mandatory evaluation and, if deemed necessary by the Program Doctors, treatment pursuant to the terms of that Program. His future playing status, both in the near term and during the Playoffs, will be determined in accordance the terms of our SABH Program.”
It’s not exactly a surprise Malone might want to take his mind off of things in a chemical manner: He has 15 points in 57 games and has been a healthy scratch for the Bolts in the last three games. He has one more year on his 7-year, $31.5 million contract that’ll pay him a base salary of $2.5 million.
Thankfully no one was injured, as apparently Bugsy was in no shape to be behind the wheel.
And now, we commence with the snark:
* Felony 3 is a serious charge; how does this possession number affect his corsi?
* Hopefully the rest of the Lightning understand that you only run lines in practice.
* Jon Cooper may regret informing Malone that he was going to be scratched by saying “take a powder for the next couple of games.”
* Alas, Malone is from Pittsburgh and unable to parlay this incident and his hockey celebrity in a candidacy for the Toronto mayoral election, despite his qualifications.
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