The New York Rangers have officially cut ties with enforcer Dan Carcillo today, after it was reported that he was invited to a training camp on a tryout basis for the Pittsburgh Penguins. With Carcillo no longer on the roster, the Rangers will be missing energy, passion, grit, and snarl…something Ryan Malone could provide if he is on his game.
For those of you who are unaware, Ryan Malone is currently with the Rangers, but like Carcillo with the Penguins, also on a tryout basis. Malone may be 5 years older, at age 34, but he is without question a better all around player than Carcillo. Not to dimish what Carcillo did for the Rangers, because he did come up clutch multiple times in the regular season and playoffs with big goals, Malone can be a 40 point player while Carcillo is lucky to get 20 points in a single season.
Some Rangers fans may be happy that Carcillo is gone because of his infamous 6 game suspension in the Eastern Conference Finals where he made contact by shoving a linesman after a penalty was called against him, but we also have to remember what trouble Malone got into last season as well.
Carcillo may have been suspended but Malone was arrested. In April, Malone was arrested for DUI and cocaine possession. That, along with his lack of production, forced the Tampa Bay Lightning‘s hand to buy Malone out the final year of his 7 year deal.
Malone knows that this tryout with the Rangers may be his last shot to salvage his NHL career. He has reportedly been working out extensively and skating hard like crazy this offseason, not only to get his NHL career back on track but also his life.
He still may be a long shot to be signed to a contract by the Rangers, because of veteran forwards like Tanner Glass and Matthew Lombardi along with youngsters like J.T. Miller, Ryan Haggerty, and Danny Kristo, among others waiting in the wings, but not having Carcillo on the roster definitely moves Malone up a notch and increases his chances ever so slightly.
We’ll all just have to wait and see how this plays out near the end of training camp.