Word's around that the Rangers are interested in bringing legally challenged Ryan Malone in for a tryout. There are sort of three interesting issues around their slow pursuit of Malone.
First, is that the Rangers have a horrible habit of doubling down on their young player signings by signing a corresponding old player. Last week they secured RW Kevin Hayes, this week we hear they are interested in 34 year old Ryan Malone. They can't keep blocking prospects with vets, it's bad for morale and it's bad for the salary cap.
Second, the Rangers have been pretty darn good at exploiting market inefficiencies. For example, signing MZA, getting all of those undrafted kids. It's possible that they see Malone as an inefficiency. He's available because he was a compliance buyout, and that happened because he drove under the influence with a pocketful of cocaine, and ended up clipping a curb. As far as I know that's the extent of his trouble, going backwards and forwards. If you know about more, let me know. But, he was pretty recently a good big man, and also a teammate of Marty St. Louis, so the Rangers might have some insight there. So, on that level it's kind of intriguing.
Third, the Rangers are tight against the contract limit, so they can't really take flyers, or in this case, Penguins, on old players with out damn good reasons. I would expect that's why it's a tryout.
And I still think they need to make a trade to alleviate some contract space and maybe, just maybe get more future picks.