November 15, 2013; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes forward Drayson Bowman (21) is congratulated by teammate forward Manny Malhotra (22) after his 3rd period goal against the Anaheim Ducks at PNC Center. The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Anaheim Ducks 3-2 in a shoot out. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Manny Malhotra Calls Canucks GM Mike Gillis's Comments "Damaging"

Carolina Hurricanes centre Manny Malhotra says Vancouver Canucks general manager Mike Gillis’s comments about his health were “very damaging.”

Gillis, of course, questioned Malhotra’s ability to protect himself on the ice. He felt Malhotra could no longer do that anymore with the partial loss of vision in his left eye.

The Canucks shut Malhotra down for the season and placed him on injured reserve on the same day they needed to clear a roster spot to activate centre Ryan Kesler off the non-roster injured list. This led to some to conclude the Canucks were trying to circumvent the collective bargaining agreement.

The team never placed Malhotra on long-term injured reserve, so they never received any cap relief, but they did get the benefit of an extra roster spot.

I would imagine the NHL would not have allowed the Canucks to place Malhotra on injured reserve if there wasn’t any substance to Gillis’s comments.

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