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16 minutes ago, Hortankin said:

I've been wating a LONNNNGGGG time for this!!!






don't know how to quote the article sorry!

I mentioned this in my status update last week when they posted the pictures of him at the fishing derby! Those who said nah I was wrong!! Suck it!


Awesome possum! This guy will only help players like Bo, Guance and even Sutter going forward! Love it!


Gitter done JB!

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His playing days over, the former Canucks centreman is now looking for an NHL team take his career to its next stage — coaching

Manny Malhotra may soon be rejoining the Vancouver Canucks organization.

The former centreman, who suffered a devastating eye injury months before the Canucks’ run to the Stanley Cup Final five years ago, has reached the end of the line as a player. Malhotra is now looking to transition to the next phase of his hockey career and is seeking work in coaching or player development.

The Province has learned his next role may be waiting for him at Rogers Arena.

Canucks General Manager Jim Benning confirmed that the organization is exploring ways to bring Malhotra back into the fold.

“We’re looking into that,” Benning said. “But we don’t have any announcement right now.”

Malhotra appears to be a perfect fit for an organization that struggled mightily in the face-off circle last season, finishing 30th in the NHL. In his 991 career NHL games, Malhotra won 56.4 per cent of the face-offs he took — and won a staggering 61.7 per cent of his draws in his first year in Canucks colours.

In addition to the circle, he’d also likely be able to help the team with another area of his expertise — penalty killing. Cut from the same cloth as recently hired assistant coach Doug Jarvis, who made a name for himself as a defensive specialist and special teams standout on the great Montreal Canadiens teams of the late 1970s, Malhotra could surely impart some of his wisdom and help the Canucks’ stable of young forwards with their defensive positioning and play without the puck.

A quiet leader and a calming influence during his playing days, the now 36-year-old resumed his career and went on to play for Carolina and Montreal after leaving the Canucks in 2013. In those final years, Malhotra took on the role of mentor with young players and tried to help them develop their games.

In an interview on TSN 1040 radio at the annual Rick Rypien Memorial golf tournament last month, Malhotra, who makes Vancouver his post-hockey home, admitted he was in discussion about work with a couple of NHL teams, but he didn’t want to say much more than that.

“I’d like to stay in the game in a mentorship or coaching role,” he said. “I don’t want to talk too much about the opportunities until something materializes. I love the game of hockey and everything it has afforded me. I’d definitely like to give back. I enjoy coaching.

“Over the course of this summer, I went to a couple of coaching seminars. With the way hockey is evolving now, you see a lot more positions and development roles opening up. So who knows?”

When pressed on the Canucks specifically, Malhotra wouldn’t budge.

“I don’t want to jinx anything or have something fall through,” he said.

So finding the right fit for the two sides remains a work in progress, but Malhotra was on hand at the send-off for the Canucks For Kids Fishing Derby fundraiser a week ago where he was posing for photos with, among others, Jim Benning and Willie Desjardins.

And there seemed to be smiles all around, so read into that what you will.

Although he wasn’t at the helm during Malhotra’s time here, Benning is well aware of what he meant to the organization during arguably the most-successful run in franchise history. Benning is now attempting to build the Canucks into Stanley Cup contenders again and bringing Malhotra on board seems like it could be a shrewd move for a team trying to infuse its line-up with impressionable youth.

“He was a good player for the team for a number of years, and he’s a guy who had a special set of gifts that he offered on faceoffs and penalty killing,” Benning said. “He was a good leader on those teams that were successful. So we’re currently looking into seeing if there is a fit with our organization.”

It’s hard to imagine there isn’t.


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