Today brings some good news when it comes to Manny Malhotra as he took to the ice with his fellow Canucks teammates today and skated with them.
Click on the below link that will take you to The Province’s Canucks blog The White Towel to see a video of Malhotra skating today:
That’s great news when you think about what Malhotra has gone through since getting a puck in the eye and undergoing eye surgery. While we shouldn’t pencil Malhotra into the line-up for Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals or any game of the 2011 playoffs for that matter, it’s still a promising sign to see Malhotra back on skates again.
It also gives us some hope about Malhotra’s future and that his recovery process is going well. It may just have been some light skating in a non-pressure situation but it’s still a good sign as it’s the next step in the process of Malhotra’s recovery.
What matters the most though is that Malhotra recovers. Period. Whether he returns to play hockey or not is another story. Many Canucks fans would appreciate having Malhotra back to help against either the Red Wings or Sharks in the face-off circle as that was an area Malhotra excelled at. Although Ryan Kesler has done a great job in that area these playoffs.
General Manager Mike Gillis’ had some words about Malhotra’s comeback: “I have no answer for that question. Today was about taking the next step in his recovery and he wanted to do some light skating. This is just a small step in his recovery. There is no timetable and there’s no schedule with an injury like this. He’s at this point because everything seems to be stable and it’s just another step. We’ve never asked and we’ve never been given a timeline.”
Gillis also added: “It’s about how he’s recovering. It’s basically day-by-day, week-by-week and month-by-month. We’re optimistic and just holding our breath about his ability to continue to recover. His recovery is the paramount thing and we’ll make decisions along the way and it never entered into our minds about playing, this is about his health. We’re just going to let the process take whatever time it requires.”
We need to realize that even though Malhotra lightly skated that doesn’t mean he’s coming back anytime soon and even when he does his vision might not ever be the same and that might affect the way he plays. For now we can focus on this bit of good news from Malhotra and hope his recovery continues to progress.