Ryan Malone won't feel bad if the Pittsburgh Penguins win the Stanley Cup this season.
In fact, he's rooting for them.
Malone was a big part of the Penguins for four seasons, helping them to the Stanley Cup Final last year. The Pittsburgh native grew up watching the Penguins of Mario Lemieux, Jaromir Jagr, Ron Francis and Rick Tocchet. His dad, Greg, had starred for the Penguins in the 1970s and held a front-office position for many years, including Malone's first couple seasons.
But Malone, 29, was a free agent last summer, as was the Penguins' late-season addition, Marian Hossa. Signing Hossa was the team's No. 1 goal and all other decisions had to await the outcome of that matter. The Penguins realized Malone wasn't going to wait on the Hossa matter and would test free agency.
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