Malik was 2-8-10 and plus-7 in 42 games with the Rangers last season. He is plus-67 since the lockout in 2004-05.
He is expected to add a much needed defensive presence with experience to the Lightning backline.
Bolt Prospects offers its condolences to the family of Rangers prospect Alexei Cherepanov.
Vasily Koshechkin stopped 31 of 33 shots faced in Togliatti's 3-2 win over Novgorod. Koshechkin raises his season record to 4-2-1.
Dimitri Kazionov had a goal in Kazan's 3-2 win over KHK MVD.
Alexei Glukhov stayed red hot, scoring 1 goal and 1 assist and going +2 in Mytischi's 5-0 win over Nizhnekamsk.
Albert Vishnyakov was scoreless in Novokuznetsk's 4-2 loss to Magnitogorsk.
Denis Kazionov did not play in Khabarovsk's 3-0 loss to Yulaev.
Dimitri Kazionov was scoreless in Kazan's 3-0 win over Novgorod.
Albert Vishnyakov was scoreless in Novokuznetsk's overtime 3-2 win over Chelyabinsk.
Anton But was scoreless in CSKA's 4-2 win over Omsk.
Albert Vishnyakov was -2 in Novokuznetsk's 4-1 loss to Yulaev.
Regina Pats 2 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 3
C Mitch Fadden, LET: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM
Fadden made a triumphant return to Lethbridge, setting up the Hurricaneâ€™s opening goal and scoring the game tying goal midway through the second period in a 3-2 Lethbridge win. Both of his points came on the power play. Fadden was returned to Lethbridge by AHL Norfolk over the weekend. The Lightning has until June to sign the 2007 fourth round pick.
Sudbury Wolves 0 @ Brampton Battalion 4
W Kyle DeCoste, BRA: Did not play
DeCoste was suspended two games for getting into a second fight with Sudburyâ€™s Eric Oâ€™Dell in a previous game. The second fight came during a stoppage in play.
Montreal Junior 0 @ Moncton Wildcats 1
D Mark Barberio, MON: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Barberioâ€™s six game point streak came to an end, but the Wilcats were able to stop their modest two-game losing streak. Barberio is still a point-per-gamer for the year (8 in 8).
Gatineau Olympiques 1 @ Rimouski Oceanic 4
W/C Luca Cunti, RIM: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Though he hasnâ€™t had many multi-point ones, thatâ€™s now eight games with at least a point for Cunti.
Lewiston MAINEiacs 3 @ Drummondville Voltigeurs 5
D Michael Ward, LEW: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Ward, who has struggled in his Q career to find the scoresheet, now has points in four consecutive games. Drummondville got revenge for a shootout loss in Lewiston the day before.
Wright scores two ... Courtnall and Cunti streaks hit seven ... another minuscule GAA game for Tokarski.
Outshot 25-4 in the third period and overtime.
Mike Smith stopped 42 of 46 faced in the overtime loss.
01:56 CAR Matt Cullen, (Rod Brind'Amour, Joni Pitkanen)
09:56 CAR Eric Staal, (Dennis Seidenberg, Tuomo Ruutu)
4:36 CAR Eric Staal, (Ray Whitney)
Bolt Prospects rules force me to show balance by making the glass half full statement: the power play showed signs of life going 2-for-7 and the team actually played pretty well for about the first 35 minutes of the game. However, you continue to see two problems with this club. They get hemmed in and they don't have the experience and poise to release the pressure, and they're not disciplined enough to stay out of the box.
Janne Niskala scored his first NHL goal and was -1 with 3 shots in 15:17.
Steven Stamkos had 1 hit in 6:05. Seen Stamkos? The faithful at the Forum didn't much tonight.
Karri Ramo allowed 3 goals on 26 shots in regulation and overtime before surrendering 3 of 4 in the penalty shot session to take the shootout loss.
NOR Smolenak, (1) (Mihalik, Konopka), 4:20 (PP)
HER Aucoin, (2) (Sloan, Helmer), 15:18
HER Bouchard, (1) , 18:23
NOR Segal, (1) (Boyle), 5:36
HER Perreault, (2) (Wilson, Alzner), 8:46 (PP)
NOR Konopka, (1) (Mihalik, Jones), 10:57
HER- Giroux, Bouchard, Aucoin
Brandon Segal was Above the Law, as he was named the game's second star. The Bears outshot the Admirals 26-25 in the game, which is a fair sight more managable differential than last night, or any of the parent club's games thus far.
Box score from TheAHL.com.