June 29, 2008

Malone and Roberts Move to Tampa Bay

Solid deal by Ray Shero. He deals two players that weren't coming back in the first place to Tampa Bay for a fourth-round conditional draft pick. The condition? If Malone signs, then the pick becomes a third-rounder.

Can't say anything more than it's a good deal for the Penguins. It could completely backfire on the "aggressive" new Lightning ownership. Tampa has until Tuesday to strike a deal with both players before they enter the open market. Roberts has long been rumored to wanting to play in either Toronto or Ottawa to be closer to family. Malone seems to be basically just looking for any team that wants to pay him $4-5 million a year. If both decide to not sign in "Hockey Bay USA", then a team that needs a facelift just lost a pretty decent draft pick.

UPDATE: Sportsnet is reporting that Tampa is close to signing Malone and Roberts to deals:

" A day after trading for their rights, The Tampa Bay Lightning are close to signing Ryan Malone to a long-term year deal that will exceed $30 million and Gary Roberts to a one-year year deal that has the potential to reach $2 million, Sportsnet has learned.

An announcement could come as early as Monday. "

Ballhype: hype it up!

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