Rangers Rumors & News
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marek_malik.jpgVia Sam Weinman’s Rangers Report:

The often-maligned [Marek Malik] not only didn’t skate today, but his equipment wasn’t hanging in his locker (although his practice jersey was still hanging and pictures of his two sons were still taped to the wall). When asked where he was, Tom Renney would only say it was “internal matter.”

Renney wouldn’t say whether Malik was suspended, and when I asked whether Malik was being moved, Renney said, “No. He’s a Ranger, and it’s just an internal issue right now.”

Of course, being a Ranger now doesn’t mean he’s a Ranger in a few hours when a deal is completed. Or it could mean that he’s been waived. But that’s only speculation at this point.

For what it’s worth Malik has been scratched four of the last nine games, is set to make $2.5 million this season, and is a UFA at season’s end.

You might recall a few weeks back that the veteran lummox threw a hissy fit in the locker room when informed he’d be a healthy scratch in Edmonton. Malik stormed out of the arena, but returned before the puck dropped in compliance with team rules. My guess here is that Malik has A) gone off the deep end once again, and been suspended as a result, or B) been traded in a deal pending league approval.

Either way, it would appear to be good news for Ranger fans. Malik sucks.

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