3:45PM: It's expected that Malone will sign a contract for between $675,000 and $750,000 in the next few days. (NY Post)
3:38PM: Larry Brooks says that it's a matter of "when and for what amount" Malone will sign with the Rangers for. (NY Post)
9/8/14 | 2:03PM: Ryan Malone skated with the Rangers today at their informal skate and then met with the media (Rangers) :
- On other teams, "we have been contacted by a few teams. Here, is a great opportunity, a great team, young talent and last year, where they went, I would love to be part of it if that opportunity presents itself. I just wanted to come out here and show my face and see where that goes."
- How do you prove yourself, "I made a mistake and I need to admit that and luckily no one got hurt. It changed my life and my family life for the better. I would like to publicly apologize to Mr. Vinik and the TB organization. Mr. Vinik has done so much for the organization there. I wish them the best and the fans were great and I wish them the best and he is doing great things in TB."
- What would your role be, "someone with experience. That physical aspect of the game, using my size, playing simple and sticking up for my teammates. They signed Tanner Glass to fill that role so why not have a couple of more guys. I'm willing to do whatever it takes to be part of a winning organization."
- Have you seen the depth chart, "there is a lot of competition, I don't like to look at it like that. I look at myself and try to bring my game and hopefully it fits into the roster somewhere. I will try and do what I do best and see what happens."
- Are there steps you need to take to sign a contract, "just being reinstated by the doctors and everybody was the one step that was needed and that happened a few days ago. It's gone very well and very cooperative. I have learned from my mistake and am just looking for an opportunity to show that. I know the hockey world is a small world but my teammates and family know what kind of person that I am. I want to let everyone else know that."
- On his community service, "That is part of the case and I am not sure that I can talk about it."
- What shape are you in, "Good, healthy, I haven't played hockey in a while and I was in Minnesota and joking with Step and Mac and they were just coming into the gym to start working out and I had been in there two months already. That is what happens when you play that long. I am in good shape, feeling well and did what I needed to do this summer to get ready."
- On the plan, "the plan is to just skate here and I was with Step and Mac in Minnesota and that camp ended so they told me to come out and I had been talking with Mr. Sather and we will see what happens here."
- Will something happen soon, "I would like to, just for a little security. This is the first time I have ever had to deal with this in my career, I have been lucky enough...I think it's a good thing to realize how lucky I have been and it brings back that desperation and love of the game that you want to be part of something special. I don't want to go out like how last season ended. This year is a big opportunity for myself to prove that."
- Was there a fear that it was going to be over for you, "yea, it's still there. It's there until, I wouldn't say anything until the season is over. You want to get on a team and prove yourself and take it from there. The fear is in the back of your mind and you need to believe in the hard work and preparation and all you can do is lay it on the line and see what happens."