Vancouver Canucks centre Manny Malhotra, who is slated to become an unrestricted free agent on July 5, wants to continue his NHL career, according to his agent Paul Krepelka.
#Canucks forward Manny Maholtra’s agent Paul Krepelka says Maholtra’s “desire is still to return to the NHL”.
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Back in February, the Canucks placed Malhotra on injured reserve and announced he would be out for the rest of the regular season and playoffs. Canucks general manager Mike Gillis said the team didn’t feel Malhotra’s vision had improved enough in the past year or so to the point he could reasonably protect himself on the ice. Both Malhotra and Krepelka disagreed with the decision
In the following month, Gillis said Malhotra would never play for the Canucks again—suggesting his career was over and compared allowing Malhotra to play to allowing a friend to drink and drive. It is almost certainly Malhotra will move on to another team if he chooses to continue his NHL career unless he can convince the Canucks his vision has improved.