|Lightning sign Malone, Richards and Prospal|
|Written by Admin|
|Monday, 30 June 2008 16:18|
Malone was acquired from Pittsburgh along with Gary Roberts, who signed a one-year on Monday with Tampa Bay, last weekend in exchange for a conditional draft pick in 2009. Malone played in 77 games with the Penguins last season, scoring 27 goals with 51 points.
The Lightning also signed forward Vinny Prospal to a multiyear deal.
Canadian sports channel TSN reported Sunday night that Malone's deal would be worth $35.1 million.
Tampa Bay also acquired the rights to forward Brian Rolston, another player who could become an unrestricted free agent Tuesday, from Minnesota on Sunday and were trying to work out a contract with him.
Roberts, a three-time NHL All-Star, had three goals and 15 points with 40 penalty minutes in 38 games last season. He has played in 1,194 career games with Calgary, Carolina, Toronto, Florida and Pittsburgh, recording 434 career goals and 903 points.
Tampa Bay acquired the rights to Prospal on June 18 in return for two draft picks. He played in 62 games with the Lightning last season, picking up 29 goals and 57 points before being traded to Philadelphia on February 25.
Also, the Lightning obtained minor league defenseman Janne Niskala from the Flyers for a sixth round draft pick in 2009.