Sometimes there are guys in sports that you don’t tend to hear much about because they’re not the superstars of the league or they don’t make boneheaded plays that get their names in the papers.
Manny Malhotra is one of those guys. He doesn’t have all the talent in the world but he’s a well-respected guy on and off the ice, with enough talent to earn himself a multi-year, multi-million dollar contract from the Canucks this past off-season. He has been a real team leader for the Canucks this year and his presence on and off the ice has been sorely missed.
It was such a blow to Canucks fans when Malhotra took a puck to the face and injured his left eye during a game against the Colorado Avalanche on March 16th. There have been some concerns that he might not ever be able to resume his playing career again so any little bit of good news is still good news.
Today we got some good news when it comes to Malholtra’s condition. The Canucks reported that the forward underwent a second surgery to his left eye and according to Bob McKenzie, the surgery, “went as well as could be expected.” Early reports indicate that we won’t know Malhotra’s prognosis on the surgery for a minimum of 6-8 weeks.
While we still don’t know if Malhotra will ever lace up the skates again for the Canucks, that doesn’t really matter. The important thing is that Malholtra get as healthy as he possibly can. Hockey is secondary at this point. We here at The Canuck Way wish him a speedy-as-can-be recovery.
For now the Canucks don’t plan to provide any further comments. So whenever we hear something, we’ll pass the news along to you.