Manny Malhotra is one of the players that defined the Rangers futility in the late 1990s and early 2000s. The seventh overall pick in 1998 couldn't have been developed any worse in the Rangers organization as he was rushed to the NHL too soon then ended up in John Muckler's doghouse (He's nothing more than a 3rd line player
) before finally being traded to Dallas in 2002.
While Muckler ended up being right, as Malhotra has gone on to be a dependable third line player with the Blue Jackets, Sharks and now the Canucks, the Rangers former first round pick is just four wins away from a Stanley Cup ring.
And now it sounds like he'll actually get a chance to contribute in the playoffs as he has been cleared to play in the Stanley Cup Finals after suffering a career-threatening eye injury in mid-March when a puck deflected into his eye off the stick of St. Louis Blues defenseman Erik Johnson.
There has been no word yet if he will suit up for tonight's game after he missed yesterday's practice
due to routine monitoring of his eye which received several surgical procedures to save his vision..."He gets monitored every day and today was a day they (medical staff) felt that it would be best to stay away for today," said Vancouver general manager Mike Gillis. "He'll be back around the team again (Wednesday), we anticipate."
Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record has more on Malhotra here
....can you say Manny Malhotra Watch?
...this is really awesome news for Manny. I might actually have to root for the Canucks if he plays.
In other former Rangers news Bruce Berlet at Howlings reports that Nigel Dawes signed a one-year contract with Barys Astana in Kazakhstan, which plays in the Kontinental Hockey League in Russia.
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