In The Province, Jim Jamieson writes that former Rangers first round pick and Canucks center Manny Malhotra wants to continue his NHL career after Vancouver GM Mike Gillis shut him down after nine games last season.
Malhotra didn’t agree with the decision by Gillis to shut him down and now Malhotra is looking for another opportunity to play in the NHL.
Gillis shut down Malhotra because he feared for his safety in response to the eye injury he suffered in March 2011.
Following his eye injury, Alain Vigneault continued to use Malhotra as a top faceoff person and PK specialist.
Malhotra told the NY Times in March, “It’s Mike’s views and Mike’s decisions that he didn’t feel I was safe out on the ice. I don’t agree with that.”
Gillis said that it was unsafe for Malhotra to play with the damaged vision he has, but Malhotra says that he has adjusted and that doctors say his vision is getting sharper.
- 63% on faceoffs in his nine games last season
- 58.5% in 2011-12
- 61.7% in 10-11
- 62.5% with SJ in 09-10
Adam Rotter: I’m not sure what his relationship with Alain Vigneault is, but he has a history with the Rangers and would provide another layer of depth that the team doesn’t have. Malhotra could be a fourth line center, kill penalties and take important faceoffs. He would be perfect for a training camp tryout, but someone may offer him an NHL contract for a low number or something around the league minimum, just to take a chance on him.