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NHL ‘satisfied’ with Canucks’ decision to place Malhotra on IR

Feb 15, 2013, 12:38 PM EDT

Manny Malhotra AP

The NHL is not taking issue with the Vancouver Canucks’ decision to place forward Manny Malhotra on injured reserve, despite the fact the 32-year-old who suffered a serious eye injury in 2011 has appeared in nine games this season.

Deputy commissioner Bill Daly told the Vancouver Sun’s Brad Ziemer that “the league is satisfied and has approved the team’s and player’s joint decision to discontinue the player’s participation in NHL games at this time on the basis of the player’s current medical condition and the risk of injury that such condition poses.”

The Canucks announced the move yesterday, with general manager Mike Gillis suggesting Malhotra’s impaired vision put the veteran player at risk on the ice.

“I have to make the decision and I wouldn’t put anybody in a position (if) I was uncomfortable with their ability to protect themselves,” said  Gillis, “or their ability to function out on the ice and be at a higher risk than normal, particularly in today’s game where it so fast, the players are big … I wasn’t prepared to live with that any longer.”

Malhotra is in the final year of a three-year, $7.5 million contract (cap hit $2.5 million).

  1. xflyersx - Feb 15, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    This isn’t where I parked my car

  2. jpelle82 - Feb 15, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    wonder if he is done, all signs pointing that way. shame its something like vision problems to bring early retirement though especially when the arms and legs work fine – gotta be frustrating as an athlete.

  3. elvispocomo - Feb 15, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    Unless there is more they can do medically to improve the vision in his eye, he’s likely done. As Manny didn’t immediately retire out of this might mean he’s weighing trying to play still somewhere else, but Gillis is within his rights to decide a player’s not fit to play. If Gillis has the medical backing, which he does, he can put him on IR as well.

    For those that are still confused, IR is not LTI. The Canucks get no cap relief from this, all IR does is free up one of the 23 roster spots. Kesler will play tonight, returning from injury, so it’s a small gain in that we wouldn’t have to send someone down to make that roster spot otherwise, but I don’t think anyone was going to suggest we couldn’t afford to lose Ebbett to waivers or Schroeder wouldn’t be sent down temporarily even if losing Ebbett was a concern.

    But Manny has plenty of fans around this league considering what a character, classy person he is, and I know at least I wish him well (and hope he finds a home in the Canucks front office or staff somewhere).

  4. hockeyflow33 - Feb 15, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    Was there ever an issue with the placement to begin with?

    • elvispocomo - Feb 15, 2013 at 6:35 PM

      I’ve seen some doozies from the article on this over at TSN.ca (http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=415994). Scroll down to the comments and sort by lowest score…

      • hockeyflow33 - Feb 15, 2013 at 8:56 PM

        Haha the comments on large message boards never cease to amaze me. Within three comments of any yahoo, espn, etc story you’ll see the first reference to race, religion or the President.

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