Ryan Malone, Gary Roberts Strike Deals With the Lightning

WoooooSenior Writer IJune 29, 2008

Sportsnet.ca is reporting that the Tampa Bay Lightning have reached terms with Ryan Malone and Gary Roberts, and an official announcement could come as early as Monday.

Sportsnet reports that Malone will sign a seven year deal that will pay him just over $31 million, or about $4.4 million per year.

Gary Roberts has reportedly agreed to sign a one year contract that could pay between $1.5 and $2 million.

Once Malone officially signs with the Bolts, the Penguins will receive a third-round draft pick. If for some reason Malone would change his mind at the last minute, the Penguins would receive a fourth-round pick.

The Lightning have also signed hockey scout Greg Malone, who just happens to be the father of the winger they are actively pursuing.

The elder Malone spent some time as a player for the Penguins during his NHL career. After retiring from playing the game, he became an NHL scout.

Ryan Malone was born and raised in Pittsburgh, and it surely won't be an easy transition from the Steel City to South Beach. But once he cashes his first paycheck, Primanti's sandwiches and IC Lights will have become a thing of his past.