Thursday, February 14, 2013
Malhotra's future with Canucks
By Victoria Matiash
In reality, Manny Malhotra may never play another game in the NHL.
As per several sources, including the Vancouver Sun, the Vancouver Canucks have placed Malhotra on injured reserve. The center will sit out the rest of the regular season.
“The long-term health of Manny Malhotra is of utmost importance to our organization,” GM Mike Gillis said in a statement. “Throughout his career Manny has showcased his indispensability through skilled play, being a consummate professional and leader in the room while also continuously giving back to the community. Manny will continue to be a valued member of our organization.”
Although the Canucks wouldn't offer specifics, TSN's Bob McKenzie reports the issue concerns Malhotra's vision.
"... there are deep concerns his eye injury/vision are not at level to allow him to safely play the game ... I would expect Malhotra to function as an unofficial assistant coach for balance of season, working with players in VAN and AHL CHI ..."
McKenzie believes the 32-year-old isn't ready to "formally retire" yet. Malhotra suffered the eye injury back in March, 2011.