Former Vancouver Canucks centre Manny Malhotra has signed a 25-game professional tryout with the Caroline Hurricanes AHL affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers.
Even though the tryout is for 25 games, there is no guarantee Malhotra will stay the length of the tryout and play 25 games for the Checkers. He can be released and the tryout can be extended at any time
The 33 year old forward is trying to rekindle his hockey career after suffering a serious eye injury in March 2011 when he was struck in the left eye by a deflected puck. He returned to play in the Stanly Cup Finals in the same year and played the entire 2011-12 season, but was shut down after just nine games into the 2012-13 season.
Canucks general manager Mike Gillis said Malhotra could no longer protect himself on the ice and his hockey career was over. Malhotra disagreed with Gilis and the Canucks’ assessment and was trying to land a contract with another NHL team in July. There were no contract offers. Subsequently, Malhotra and his agent started looking for a training camp invite. There were none once again.