Lightning buy out Ryan Malone, re-sign J.T. Brown, Penguins hired a new head coach, an update on Niklas Backstrom and more. 

Lightning buy out Ryan Malone.

Lightning buy out Ryan Malone.

NHL.COM: The Tampa Bay Lightning yesterday exercised a compliance on forward Ryan Malone.

NBC  SPORTS:  The Lightning also re-signed forward J.T. Brown to a two-year deal worth $1.9 million.

TRIBLIVE.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins yesterday introduced former Portland Winterhawks coach Mike Johnston as their new head coach. The club also hired former NHL player and coach Rick Tocchet as an assistant coach.

TWINCITIES.COM: Minnesota Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom is optimistic he’ll fully recover from injuries which sidelined him this season.

WASHINGTON POST: The Capitals hired Todd Rierden as an assistant coach.

DETROIT FREE PRESS: Red Wings prospect Adam Almquist will play in the KHL next season. The Wings will retain his NHL rights.