Feb 4 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Vancouver Canucks center Manny Malhotra (27) warms up before the start of the game against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Former Canuck Manny Malhotra to Make NHL Return on Monday

Former Vancouver Canucks centre Manny Malhotra will make his return as a member of the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday.

The Hurricanes signed him to a one-year, two-way contract on Thursday.

The deal will pay Malhotra $600,000 at the NHL level, or $125,000 at the American Hockey League (AHL) level, with a guarantee of $250,000.

Malhotra is guaranteed $250,000 most likely because $125,000 of his $600,000 NHL salary is a signing bonus. That combined with his $125,000 minor league salary would equal $250,000.

“Manny brings a level of veteran leadership to the Hurricanes organization and gives the team depth at the center position,” Hurricanes general manager Jeremy Rutherford said in a release. “He has demonstrated in his career that he can be an extremely good defensive player and faceoff man.”

It is a successful comeback for Malhotra.

The Canucks thought he could no longer see well enough out of his left eye to adequately protect himself on the ice. General manager Mike Gillis compared letting Malhotra play to allowing a friend to drink and drive.

Malhotra and Rutherford obviously felt differently, but that is not to say Rutherford is ignoring the issues with Malhotra’s vision. The eight months away from the game could have allowed his vision to improve.


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