Forward Ryan Malone is doing everything he can to prove to the Minnesota Wild that he is not done with the National Hockey League. The 37-year-old, who is attending the Wild training camp on a professional tryout, scored the only goal in the shootout for a 3-2 win against the Winnipeg Jets last night.
Malone hasn't played in the NHL since November 2014, with the New York Rangers, but wants to make a come-back in the big leagues.
"I'm very surprised, pleasantly, by the way," Wild coach Bruce Boudreau told the Star-Tribune. "What I've liked is his enthusiasm for a 37-year-old. He's smiling and laughing. He looks like he's missed hockey and wants to become a player."
The veteran played 11 NHL seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Tampa Bay Lightning and Rangers.
In April 2014, then with the Lightning, Malone was arrested and charged with driving under the influence and possession of cocaine. Four months later, he pleaded no contest to the DUI charges and agreed to pretrial diversion program on the drug charge.
Does he have more in tank for the Wild?