Malhotra signed with Carolina yesterday and will be on their fourth line tonight. He missed the entire 2012-13 season because of a serious eye injury. Though he has been a consistent 10 goal, 20 assist producer throughout his career, he likely won't have any fantasy relevance this season. Malhotra had no points in eight games with Charlotte (AHL).
The Hurricanes have announced that the team has agreed to terms with center Manny Malhotra on a one-year, two-way contract. 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, 33, signed a professional tryout contract with Carolina’s AHL affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers, on October 3rd. He has played in eight games with Charlotte this season. He played in nine games with the Vancouver Canucks in 2012-13, sitting out most of the season with a recurring eye injury originally suffered in Vancouver’s game against Colorado on March 16, 2011.
Manny Malhotra will play for the first time since further eye procedures in the offseason the next night at San Jose, as Canucks veterans finally don game uniforms.
Great news as Malhotra continues his inspiring comeback. Last season, the checking-line pivot scored 11 goals and 30 points through 72 games for the Canucks. The jury is still out on whether he can regain his offensive capabilities.
Good sign that Malhotra is practicing. Although he was cleared to play in the Stanley Cup Finals, Malhotra was held out earlier in the preseason. The checking line center scored 11 goals and 30 points last season but the jury is still out on whether he will be an effective NHL player.