Manny Malhotra, who was a member of the Vancouver Canucks last season, is generating some interest as a soon-to-be unrestricted free agent.
ESPN’s Craig Custance reports Malhotra was in New York on Friday to meet with “a group of teams.”
It’s not much of surprise that there is some interest in the 33 year old forward since he is arguably one of the best faceoff men in the league. Malhotra can still be a fourth line presence in the league, but it’s debatable whether his eye has affected his ability to protect himself on the ice.
The Canucks shut him down in February over those concerns and a month later Canucks general manager Mike Gillis declared Malhotra’s career as a Canuck over and thought his NHL career was as well.
Even though Malhotra thought Gillis was sincere when making the decision to shut him down, he disagreed with notion he was vulnerable to injury on the ice. He made two separate trade requests, but Gillis refused to budge.
Malhotra has been training harder than ever this offseason to make a comeback and Gillis has given him permission to speak to other teams about signing him as free agent.
“I don’t feel vulnerable. I don’t feel like it’s rolling the dice. I don’t feel like it’s chancing it,” Malhotra told Sportsnet’s Dan Murphy in an interview.
“There is risk associated with the game, but I don’t feel any more vulnerable or endanger than I did prior to this injury happening.”