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Posted 27 March 2012 - 03:15 PM

@VanCanucks: Media Release: Manny Malhotra named as a 2012 Masterton Trophy nominee. #Canucks

@VanCanucks: The Masterton Trophy is awarded annually to the player who best exemplifies qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, dedication to hockey.


Congrats Manny!



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Posted 27 March 2012 - 03:18 PM

Congrats Manny. Well deserved.

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 03:19 PM

Manny Malhotra was moved by the moment because he'd rather share credit than accept it.

Always accentuating the positive and putting the team before himself while struggling to overcome four surgeries in the past year on his injured left eye, the Vancouver Canucks forward rented a suite Monday at Rogers Arena to acknowledge his team of doctors. He then provided the only offence in a 1-0 victory over the Los Angeles Kings to cap a memorable day. Then came more good news Tuesday.

Malhotra was nominated by the Vancouver chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association as the Canucks nominee for the Masterton Trophy which is awarded annually to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.

"It's obviously very special — especially with what the Masterton stands for," said Malhotra. "You look back at the guys who have won in the past and what they've overcome and triumphed over in very serious situations. To be thought of in that regard, is very humbling to me. Whether I win or not is irrelevant. Being held in that regard is pretty special to me."

It's been a special challenge for Malhotra to recover from a March 16, 2011 incident when a deflected puck struck him during a game against the Colorado Avalanche. He had surgery the next day to reduce swelling and the pooling of blood and underwent another procedure eight days later. Malhotra appeared in six playoff games as a fourth-line centre, but two additional offseason procedures on the eye left everyone wondering just how effective he could be. Slowed by a lack of offseason training and struggling to deal with his condition, Malhotra's minutes dwindled from 12 to 14 minutes to just 10 on Monday. And while he's maintained dominance in the faceoff circle with a 58.2 per cent efficiency — sixth in the NHL — keeping his drive has been tough because he's had to adapt a game that's not as well-rounded as it once was. A strong support group from within the room has helped, but nobody has helped more than his wife, Joann.

"She has been an absolute rock through the whole thing and keeping me focused and positive," said Malhotra. "There are days when I'm just not feeling myself and just not as positive as I normally am and she's right there to either give me a little TLC or a kick in the pants, depending on what the situation calls for. She's been phenomenal through this whole thing."
Malhotra has been reluctant to reveal the extent of damage to his eye in terms of vision loss, but did confirm that he doesn't require any further procedures. It's a level of comfort but the challenge is to return to a level of proficiency where he's more than just a good penalty killer and excellent faceoff specialist.

"I'm healed," he said. "It nice in the sense that things are now in my control and as hard as I want to work and as well as my body can adapt. It's a matter of getting back to where I was and feeling as confident with the puck."
Malhotra was switched from centre to left wing — supposedly to make his game easier to manage because the defensive demands of playing the middle — but aside from support from coach Alain Vigneault, there's another side to all this. Seven goals and 18 points in 73 games aren't keeping him in the lineup. Defence is. Is that enough?

"Manny as a person, is one of the best individuals I've ever met in my life as far as dealing with and getting it," said Vigneault. "But as a coach, there's the individual and the player. The player is not doing for the team what he did last year. He's still contributing but in a different way. My job is to put the best team on the ice and he's doing lot of good things right now and hopefully he can continue to do them."

With one year left on his contract at $2.5 million US, the 31-year-old Malhotra knows he needs to be more than just a strong voice in the room. But his presence and persistency have impressed those who matter most.

"You'll never hear Manny say this is tough and my eye in not 100 per cent and none of us know — he's never said a word to any of us," said defenceman Keith Ballard. "He accepts his role and thrives in it. He could have very easily said I'm done and I've got a long life ahead of me. But to see how he pushes through. He's been getting a lot better."

And that's why the suite rental was more than just a passing thought. It was to acknowledge that Malhotra is in a pretty good place.
"It was very important," said Malhotra. "No words or gestures could ever repay them for what they've done for me and getting me back to playing hockey and having a normal life."


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Congrats Manny, well deserved!


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Posted 27 March 2012 - 03:20 PM

Not surprised, but very happy for him! He's a very underrated player and leader on this team.

Do you happen to know who else is nominated?

Edit: Does every team nominate someone?

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 03:22 PM

Who else could have we picked?

Mason Raymond and Sami Salo's injuries don't even compare to his.

I don't know if he'll win the award though given his season so far.

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 03:26 PM

Who else could have we picked?

Mason Raymond and Sami Salo's injuries don't even compare to his.

I don't know if he'll win the award though given his season so far.


I think Raymond's injury is pretty comparable.

Breaking your back is a pretty serious thing. It could have afftected his ability to walk, let alone play hockey.

People shouldn't underestimate how much work and determination Raymond has put in to ge back to where he is now.

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 03:27 PM

Congratulations, Manny!!!! So very well deserved!!!


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Posted 27 March 2012 - 03:28 PM

Who else could have we picked?

Mason Raymond and Sami Salo's injuries don't even compare to his.

I don't know if he'll win the award though given his season so far.



I'm pretty sure they are comparable... as there was fear that Raymond could NEVER WALK again.
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Posted 27 March 2012 - 03:29 PM

Who else could have we picked?

Mason Raymond and Sami Salo's injuries don't even compare to his.

I don't know if he'll win the award though given his season so far.


Uh... Mason Raymond broke his back. His career was in jeopardy. They didn't even know if he'd ever be able to skate again. If you had to choose between the two of them of course Manny would win but don't do Raymond the injustice of saying his broken back doesn't even remotely compare to Malhotra's eye injury in terms of severity.

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 03:31 PM

Grats Manny! Either Malholtra or Raymond would have been a great choice and the right one heh.

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 03:31 PM

Great honor indeed, congrats Manny

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 03:36 PM

Other nominees:

Anaheim: Jonas Hiller
Boston: Johnny Boychuk
Buffalo: Jason Pominville
Calgary: Miikka Kiprusoff
Carolina: Jay Harrison
Chicago: TBA
Colorado: Peter Mueller
Columbus: Curtis Sanford
Dallas: Kari Lehtonen
Detroit: Tomas Holmstrom
Edmonton: Corey Potter
Florida: Tomas Fleischmann
Los Angeles: Colin Fraser
Minnesota: Clayton Stoner
Montreal: Max Pacioretty
Nashville: Jordin Tootoo
New Jersey: Petr Sykora
NY Islanders: Jay Pandolfo
NY Rangers: Dan Girardi
Ottawa: Daniel Alfredsson
Philadelphia: Jaromir Jagr
Phoenix: Mike Smith
Pittsburgh: Matt Cooke
San Jose: Tommy Wingels
St. Louis: Brian Elliott
Tampa Bay: Martin St. Louis
Toronto: Joffrey Lupul
Vancouver: Manny Malhotra
Washington: Dennis Wideman
Winnipeg: Jim Slater

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/hockey/globe-on-hockey/the-2012-masterton-trophy-nominees/article2382711/
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Posted 27 March 2012 - 03:36 PM

Definitely a toss up between Manny and Raymond, but Raymond's fully healed (as far as I know at least - there probably are some complications) while Manny still is dealing with it as it is permanent.

Surprised to see that Pittsburgh's nominee was Matt Cooke - could have been either Crosby or Malkin.

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 03:41 PM

Jagr? What did he have to do to get back to the league? Decide to get off his butt and stop collecting tax-free KHL checks for playing half-hearted hockey?

And I guess Boychuk had to get over the idea that he broke another player's back...what a trooper.
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Posted 27 March 2012 - 03:42 PM

Not surprised, but very happy for him! He's a very underrated player and leader on this team.

Do you happen to know who else is nominated?

Edit: Does every team nominate someone?


in other games i have been watching the commentators have said there is a player nominated for that award , so i presume so .

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 03:43 PM

Definitely a toss up between Manny and Raymond, but Raymond's fully healed (as far as I know at least - there probably are some complications) while Manny still is dealing with it as it is permanent.

Surprised to see that Pittsburgh's nominee was Matt Cooke - could have been either Crosby or Malkin.


Raymond has to deal with pretty much constant pain while playing.
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Posted 27 March 2012 - 03:44 PM

Congrats Manny, very well deserved. Glad to see him getting some recognition!
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Posted 27 March 2012 - 03:49 PM

:towel: Well deserved Manny :)
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Posted 27 March 2012 - 03:50 PM

So deserving.
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Posted 27 March 2012 - 03:53 PM

it would be great for him to win this award. He is an underrated player. I am sure he is a huge leader in the locker room, which is always great to have :)

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 03:54 PM

grats to Manny.

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 03:54 PM

Congrats Manny! Deserving of it.

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 03:55 PM

Congrats Manny :)

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 04:06 PM

Jagr? What did he have to do to get back to the league? Decide to get off his butt and stop collecting tax-free KHL checks for playing half-hearted hockey?

And I guess Boychuk had to get over the idea that he broke another player's back...what a trooper.


Yea, what a joke, especially since Boychuk was on that list - just an ugly sight.

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 04:06 PM

Congrats Manny! It would be so great if he were to win the award. He deserves it. :)
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Posted 27 March 2012 - 04:13 PM

no surprise here Manny was the obvious choice, no despect to everything Raymond has over come


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Posted 27 March 2012 - 04:24 PM

Ever since Ian Laperriere won last year for similar cicumstances to Manny's, I was thinking maybe Manny would have a chance at the Masterton Award for this year. Just shows he has heart and dedication to the sport.

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 04:26 PM

Jagr? What did he have to do to get back to the league? Decide to get off his butt and stop collecting tax-free KHL checks for playing half-hearted hockey?

And I guess Boychuk had to get over the idea that he broke another player's back...what a trooper.


Take it easy, every team has to pick a player, and some teams don't have much to choose from. I
think this quote from Down Goes Brown sums it up:
Boychuk "Has often been described as "not completely insufferable" and "somebody you can watch play one entire game without hating, I guess", making him pretty much a unanimous nomination for the Bruins."

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 04:31 PM

Sami Salo was my guess when the year started. Bigger part of the team than Manny is, has played longer, has played longer with this team, equally devastating injury last year, equally a leader by example...

Oh well, Good for Manny too...

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 04:31 PM

I think Fleishmann might take it. He was told he may never play hockey again after the docs told him he had I few blood clots in his lungs. Instead, the soldier powers through a life threatening issue because of his love for playing hockey.

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The man deserves HUGE props.

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