Canes Corner

Malhotra's 2nd chance should spur Canes face-off success

Posted October 31, 2013

 

Once again, the injury bug has bitten the Carolina Hurricanes harder than the team had hoped.

On Thursday, the team placed Jeff Skinner and Radek Dvorak on injured reserve, depleting the forward ranks for the NHL club. The organization will turn to veteran Manny Malhotra who was in Charlotte on a 25-game professional tryout with the Checkers. The organization inked the center to a one year deal worth $600,000 at the NHL level.

 

Malhotra has taken a different road to get to the Triangle than most vets travel.

Malhotra has appeared in 864 National Hockey League games, but on March 16, 2011, in a freak but horrific accident, he was struck on his left eye by a puck while playing for Vancouver. His recovery required surgery to repair the damage.

He appeared in 78 games during the 2011-12 season, but just 9 games last season. He was placed on injured reserve a month into the season last year by Vancouver GM Mike Gillis, who felt that Malhotra could be in danger playing in the NHL with the speed of the game and the impairment to his vision.

In several reports, Malhotra agreed that the Vancouver general manager had the player’s best interests at heart, but he believed he could still play and wished to pursue his career. That desire led him to accepting an offer to tryout with the Checkers.

He did not record a point in 8 games with the Checkers but has always been regarded as a face-off specialist. Malhotra won 22 of 29 draws in his first two games in Charlotte. Being able to bring those numbers to the NHL club will help the Hurricanes immediately, as none of the regular slotted centers are above 50 percent in the faceoff circle this season.

Radek Dvorak and Jeff Skinner are the only Hurricane players above 50 percent on draws this season.

Malhotra also brings the reputation of leader and team player. In just eight games in Charlotte he made an impact on younger players there with how he carried himself. In one instance Malhotra helped his new teammate Brendan Woods recover a medal given to him by his grandfather by purchasing a metal detector to go help look for the lost item.

You can read the story written by Paul Branecky here: http://gocheckers.com/articles/344-manny-malhotra-helps-brendan-woods-again.html

The 33-year-old was a first-round draft pick of the New York Rangers back in 1998, the seventh overall selection of that year’s entry draft. He has scored 108 goals with 170 assists in 14 NHL seasons.

11 Comments

Please to add a comment.

Oldest First
View all
  • tobin63 Nov 1, 9:05 a.m.

    A Craigslist reset?!? Ouch, but you have a point, it does seem like the typical half-desperate midseason gap-filler we often go for...a damaged-goods "character" guy who scores very little while Tripper goes on and on about his "locker room presence." More importantly, I thought Skinner just tweaked his wrist?! How long is he going to be out?? Seems like he was coming back around and would be a bright spot. What the heck is it with this team and injuries??

  • kenshi Oct 31, 10:53 p.m.

    So the Canes now hope to get more faceoffs with this move.....they don't pass the puck well and... View More

    — Posted by wlcat609

    Actually in general the Canes score enough usually to win, the problem is keeping the other teams pucks out of our net. Anytime you score 2 or more goals in a game you should be able to win.

  • wlcat609 Oct 31, 10:38 p.m.

    So the Canes now hope to get more faceoffs with this move.....they don't pass the puck well and we all know they have lots of 'skaters' (and this is one more such) but lack SCORING capability. Guess the team plan now is to adopt a 'keep away' or puck control game - heavens knows, the Canes have enough 'puck moving' defensemen!!!!JR, what's nest - perhaps a trade or two?

  • topdrum2000 Oct 31, 8:02 p.m.

    Once again our bargain basement GM goes shopping for players on Craig's List.
    This is unbelievable! Trade players like Sutter and Jokinen to Pittsburgh - not to mention many others who've been traded away...and for what? When you start paying to bring in NHL caliber players I'll start waisting $15 to park my car for 3 hours to watch a Canes' home game.

  • kenshi Oct 31, 7:41 p.m.

    You guys are numnuts, if he can bring the faceoff numbers even close to what he had when he was with tne Canucks he is definitely worth 600K a year. Yes we need a goalie and I'm not sure DiPietro is it, but this is not a bad temporary move while our two leading faceoff people are on IR. We are not going to get Miller for anything we can afford.

  • juniorsk831 Oct 31, 4:45 p.m.

    We need Ryan Miller!

  • wlcat609 Oct 31, 4:39 p.m.

    Yet another 'scrap heap' acquisition by JR.....Canes are hurting in the goalie department so they go out and sign a center...???? I hope PK soon wakes up and sees the handwriting on the wall and the Canes 'clean out' the admin positions. This summer the Colorado Avalanche did JUST THAT and look where the Avs are right now...get your tickets now for the November 12th Canes home game and watch some REAL hockey!

  • NoRespect Oct 31, 4:22 p.m.

    Oh, good... another "no-name" player that has bounced around the league like a lost soul. So, is this guy a wanna-be or a has-been? Either way, I don't understand why the Hurricanes keep trading away good players and picking up non-contributors.

  • jscott13 Oct 31, 3:33 p.m.

    I thought we needed a goalie.

  • Wags Oct 31, 3:19 p.m.

    The eight ames he played with the Checkers this year he had zero points. just one more guy that won't help the team.

More...

 

 

  • ACC: NC State at Georgia Tech

    Saturday at 12:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • SEC: Arkansas at Florida

    Saturday at 2:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • PGA: Waste Management Phoenix Open

    Saturday at 3:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • Big 10: Michigan at Michigan State

    Sunday at 1:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • SEC: Kentucky at Missouri

    Tonight at 9:00 on 99.9 The Fan

  • NHL: Hurricanes vs. St. Louis

    Tomorrow at 7:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • ACC: NC State at Georgia Tech

    Saturday at 12:00 pm on WRAL-FM

  • NHL: Carolina Hurricanes at NY Rangers

    Saturday at 7:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

Scoreboard
NBA
7:00pm Tonight
ORL
MIL
7:00pm Tonight
IND
NYK
8:00pm Tonight
MEM
DEN
10:30pm Tonight
LAL
CHI
Final
PROV 83
DEP 72
6:00pm Tonight
RUTG
MSU
7:00pm Tonight
ARMY
BU
 
7:00pm Tonight
RFLSH
BRY
 
7:00pm Tonight
MERC
CHAT
 
7:00pm Tonight
LIU
CCST
 
7:00pm Tonight
TOWS
COC
 
7:00pm Tonight
UMASS
DAY
7:00pm Tonight
FUR
ETST
 
7:00pm Tonight
ODU
FIU
7:00pm Tonight
RMU
FD
 
7:00pm Tonight
CHAR
FATL
7:00pm Tonight
LIB
HIGH
 
7:00pm Tonight
UNF
KNST
 
7:00pm Tonight
FLGC
LIP
 
7:00pm Tonight
OSU
MD
7:00pm Tonight
Terriers
MNTER
 
7:00pm Tonight
STET
NKENTUCKY
 
7:00pm Tonight
WAGN
SHU
 
7:00pm Tonight
GMAS
STLU
7:00pm Tonight
JVU
USCU
 
7:00pm Tonight
VMI
WCU
 
7:00pm Tonight
LATU
WKENT
7:00pm Tonight
UNCG
WOFF
 
7:00pm Tonight
DET
YOUNG
 
7:30pm Tonight
GSOUT
APP
 
7:30pm Tonight
TENNM
EILL
 
7:30pm Tonight
GHND
HC
 
8:00pm Tonight
CIN
UCONN
8:00pm Tonight
NDST
DEN
 
8:00pm Tonight
SD
MAST
 
8:00pm Tonight
UWMIL
ILLCH
 
8:00pm Tonight
BEL
JVST
 
8:00pm Tonight
SMISS
MARS
8:00pm Tonight
TXSA
MTST
8:00pm Tonight
PETE
RIDE
 
8:00pm Tonight
SEMIZ
SIUE
 
8:00pm Tonight
TENST
TENT
 
8:00pm Tonight
NDAK
WEBER
 
8:05pm Tonight
SALA
LALAF
 
8:15pm Tonight
TXARL
UGST
 
8:30pm Tonight
ARKST
ARKLR
 
8:30pm Tonight
TROY
LAMON
 
9:00pm Tonight
MURST
EKENT
 
9:00pm Tonight
NCOL
IDST
 
9:00pm Tonight
MIZZ
KENT
9:00pm Tonight
GONZ
PORT
9:00pm Tonight
UTEP
UAB
9:00pm Tonight
GRCN
UMKC
 
9:05pm Tonight
WLVRN
CHIST
 
9:30pm Tonight
USC
COL
10:00pm Tonight
UCI
CPSL
 
10:00pm Tonight
CSNO
HAW
 
10:00pm Tonight
PAC
PEPP
 
10:00pm Tonight
SDU
SCU
 
10:00pm Tonight
UCD
UCSB
 
10:00pm Tonight
UCLA
UTAH
10:05pm Tonight
PORST
MONT
 
10:05pm Tonight
SACST
MNTST
 
10:30pm Tonight
CSFU
LBSU
 
10:30pm Tonight
GAELS
LMU
 
11:00pm Tonight
WASU
CAL
11:00pm Tonight
BYU
USF
 
7:00pm Tonight
NYI
BOS
7:00pm Tonight
NYR
MON
7:00pm Tonight
PHI
WIN
7:30pm Tonight
TOR
ARI
7:30pm Tonight
FLA
CLB
7:30pm Tonight
OTT
DAL
7:30pm Tonight
TAM
DET
8:00pm Tonight
STL
NAS
9:00pm Tonight
CAL
MIN
9:30pm Tonight
EDM
BUF
10:00pm Tonight
SJS
ANA