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Habs sign Malhotra — one year, $850,000

Jul 1, 2014, 12:13 PM EDT

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The Montreal Canadiens have signed Manny Malhotra to a one-year deal worth $850,000.

Malhotra’s career was nearly ended by a serious eye injury while he was with the Vancouver Canucks, but the 34-year-old caught on with the Carolina Hurricanes last season and he ended up with seven goals and six assists in 69 games.

For the Habs, Malhotra gives them an experienced center for the bottom six, with the ability to win key defensive-zone faceoffs.

Malhotra told TSN he signed with the Canadiens because he wants “another chance to win” and said it was going to be “a pretty special feeling putting on the red, white and blue” of the Habs.

  1. jpelle82 - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:18 PM

    glad to see he’s still able to make a good living in the league. he’s a class guy and one determined, hard-working dude. good for him.

  2. lowenni - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:31 PM

    Good for him. It was good to see him back in the NHL and he always had a smile on his face when I saw him, he worked his ass off to get back into the league. He’ll have fun up in a really passionate city like Montreal and he deserves that. Good luck to him

  3. deeboy - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:37 PM

    Great signing for the Canes last year. he will be missed. Good luck in Montreal this year..

  4. imleftcoast - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    I like that signing a lot. Good team, good guy. I think he’ll add some needed depth.

  5. raleighcaniac - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    A real mature veteran. He provided more leadership all season long than did Eric Staal. he just wasn’t part of the Canes makeover but i’ll bet he still has two good seasons in him, maybe 3. Good luck Manny.

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