If Therrien is sticking with the Malone/Crosby/Recchi line, Malone is going to have to learn how to play a full season of hockey. I like the line if it's the Ryan Malone of 03-04 and not the Ryan Malone of 05-06.
While he basically put up the same numbers during both of those seasons, his will and determination was nonexistent for the first half of last season. If I recall correctly, he also came into camp last season completely out of shape and a season full of trade rumors (Toronto) which never panned out.
This is a step in the right direction: http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pitt.../s_470923.html