Vancouver, B.C. – The Vancouver Canucks announced today that centre Manny Malhotra has been placed on Injured Reserve and will miss the remainder of the 2012.13 NHL season.
“The long term health of Manny Malhotra is of utmost importance to our organization,” said Michael D. Gillis, President and General Manager, Canucks Sports & Entertainment. “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.”
It'll come down to Schroeder vs Ebbett again. They better not screw it up this time.
Anyways, hopefully Manny just stubbed his toe to get on IR and it's not a serious issue/just taking advantage of a loophole. Hopefully there's an update on this story.
Malhotra on IR lets Canucks keep both Barker and Ebbett with team.
When Booth comes back one of those two needs to be traded or waived - likely waived. Money is on Ebbett - even though he is likely to be picked up. Gillis too high on defensive depth to let Barker get picked up on waivers.
This is sorta weird. The release really didn't clarify anything other than him being placed on IR. Is it eye related or what? Guess it opens up a spot for Kesler's return, but is that the main reason or is Manny really badly hurt? Is he retiring? Either way he was a tank for us when we originally signed him (that Torres/Manny line was one of the best third lines I can remember for the Canucks), would have had a long stay here without that terrible eye injury. Will make a good coach if that's the way it ends up going.