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Manny Malhotra continues to hope for an opportunity

Jul 16, 2013, 10:02 PM EDT

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As you’ve probably noticed, the free agent market is molasses-slow right now. That must make marginal guys like Manny Malhotra feel especially anxious, as it’s unclear if they’ll get any calls from NHL teams once things get rolling again.

Even so, the 33-year-old said on Tuesday that he is staying in shape in case something comes up, according to the Vancouver Metro News.

“There’s a lot of kicking tires going on, I guess, just like everybody else in the league,” Malhotra said, “but nothing substantial at this point.”

“Whatever opportunity arises, we’re more than happy to listen.”

Malhotra’s defensive play (and faceoff proficiency) could make him marketable, especially if he’s willing to take a deal that’s light on money and/or term.

Unfortunately, some league execs might wonder if he’s too much of a risk after the Canucks cut off his 2013 season in mid-February to protect his long-term health.

Ultimately, Malhotra and plenty of other free agents will find out soon enough.

  1. thailer35 - Jul 16, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    Remember that post you guys had not to long ago thanking the readers that mentioned that we slam you guys when you make mistakes? Well you misspelled Tuesday. Haha, Tuesfday!

  2. thailer35 - Jul 16, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    Misspelled your misspelling. *facepalm*

    • James O'Brien - Jul 16, 2013 at 11:08 PM

      Whoops, fixed. Thanks.

  3. dan46778 - Jul 17, 2013 at 2:58 AM

    He would good in bruins jersey

  4. davebabychreturns - Jul 17, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    I feel bad for Manny and I hope the Canucks evaluation of him is wrong (especially if some team signs him and he’s playing NHL hockey this season) but I don’t think it is. There’s just no way a guy with Manny’s size and strength would have their game fall off a cliff like it has if his vision wasn’t still a huge problem.

    The NHL’s vision requirements are a joke (google what 20/400 looks like) and if Manny isn’t considerably better than that level in his injured eye then I do think there’s a chance he gets blindsided out there which would obviously be a real shame.

    • micasa81 - Jul 17, 2013 at 12:21 PM

      That’s pretty much it. If it could be assured that he had fully recovered, teams would be scrambling over top of each other to get him. Except the Canucks would probably do whatever it took to re-sign him and he wouldn’t even be looking for a job right now. You don’t often come across the skillset (when healthy) and teammate quality that Manny brings. It’s a real shame that he was injured, and it makes me wish to high heaven Don Cherry et al would cut the idiotic macho talk about real hockey players not wearing visors.

  5. harpdog - Jul 18, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    moving manny to the injured list was strictly a salary cap issue. This moved back fired big time. Vancouver could have used his face off and defensive abilities. Manny is a class act and this was a classless move by Gillis. Good luck Manny wherever you land up. Thank you for showing everyone what heart is.

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