The Tampa Bay Lightning will be without another player for their final game of the season against the Washington Capitals on Sunday afternoon as left-winger Ryan Malone was arrested early Saturday morning.
According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office incident report, Malone was arrested by Tampa police at 3:23 a.m. near Platt Street West and Rome Avenue South in Tampa, facing charges of possession of cocaine and driving under the influence.
He was booked on $2,500 bond ($2,000 for the cocaine possession charge and $500 for the DUI charge) at approximately 5:40 a.m.
"We are aware of the situation concerning Ryan Malone this morning," Lightning vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman said in a statement. "Ryan will not travel with the team to Washington today but beyond that we can not comment further at this time."
Additionally, the booking information stated that Malone’s BAC was .112 and .116, which is over the legal limit in Florida of .08.
According to WFLA-TV, a Tampa police officer saw Malone hit a curb while driving and pulled the Lightning forward over. The officer then found cocaine in his pants pocket.
Malone was a healthy scratch for the third straight game in the Lightning’s 3-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night in the team’s final regular season home game and hasn’t played since April 5.
If things aren't bad enough enough for Malone, on the season, his five goals and 10 assists in 57 games is his lowest point-production season of his career when appearing in 24 or more games.
The Bolts finish their regular season against the Washington Capitals on Sunday and will face-off against the Montreal Canadiens in the first round of the NHL playoffs, which begin next week.