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Rangers waive Malone; playing days over?

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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 14: Ryan Malone #24 of the New York Rangers takes a drink prior to playing in his first game as a New York Rangers against the New York Islanders at Madison Square Garden on October 14, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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The New York Rangers have put veteran forward Ryan Malone on waivers, possibly as a step towards the 35-year-old ending his playing career.

From TSN:

Ryan Malone is on unconditional ($125) waivers, which if he clears (and he no doubt will) allows for mutual termination of his contract.

— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) February 3, 2015

Malone, who’d been playing in Hartford (AHL), told NYR yesterday he wanted to pack it in. So NYR put him on unconditional waivers today.

— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) February 3, 2015

Malone, who signed a two-way deal with the Rangers during training camp, appeared in six games for the Rangers before clearing waivers and reporting to AHL Hartford in November. He’s since appeared in 24 games with the Wolf Pack -- scoring four goals and 10 points -- but didn’t look to be in the mix for a recall.

The former Penguins and Lightning forward first caught on with the Rangers after a difficult end to his time in Tampa Bay; the club bought Malone out in June following his arrest on DUI and cocaine possession charges.