The Vancouver Canucks have announced in a press release that centre Manny Malhotra will miss the remainder of the regular season and playoffs with an eye injury sustained during a March 16th game against the Colorado Avalanche.
In 72 games with the Canucks this season Malhotra had 11 goals and 30 points (11-19-30). He was 2nd in the NHL with 61.7 percent faceoff winning percentage and an instrumental part of the Canucks 2nd ranked penalty killing unit.
"We're a close-knit group, a big family," Ryan Kesler said. "Obviously it's pretty emotional when it's one of your family members like that, one of your teammates.
"It's tough, but at the same time it's going to bring this team closer together."
CANUCKS RECALL BOLDUC
Vancouver Canucks President and General Manager Mike Gillis announced today that centre Alex Bolduc has been recalled from the Manitoba Moose of the AHL.
Bolduc, 25, has appeared in 19 games for the Canucks this season, recording three points (1-2-3) including his first NHL goal. In 23 games with Manitoba in 2010.11 he has registered 11 points (5-6-11) and 22 penalty minutes.
Bolduc was originally drafted 127th overall in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft by the St. Louis Blues and was acquired by Vancouver as a free agent July 2, 2008.
No word yet on whether or not Bolduc will play against the Detroit Red Wings on Wedensday night. Injured forward Tanner Glass is still day-to-day with an upper body injury, and will likely be a game time decision.
DANIEL STAYS IN VANCOUVER
Daniel Sedin didn’t travel with the team to Detroit this morning, as his wife Marinette is expecting their third child.
Daniel will most likely rejoin the team a some point during this weeks three game East Coast road trip.
RIPPER’S FIRST TWO GAMES
Rick Rypien played his first professional hockey in nearly three months this weekend with the Manitoba Moose. He went pointless in the two games, but had four shots on net.
“I felt a little nervous, but not too bad,” said Rypien,
“I just wanted to enjoy it, have fun, work hard. My conditioning felt good and it was just a matter of getting my game timing back, getting the legs back. I want to get more speed going and be more consistent that way.”
Rypien registered one assist (0-1-1) and 31 penalty minutes in nine games with the Canucks this season.
EDLER AND ALBERTS SKATING, BIEKSA CLOSE
Alex Edler and Andrew Alberts hit the ice this morning for a conditioning session with Assistant Athletic Trainer Dave Zarn.
The two defensemen are aiming for a late regular season or early playoff return to action.
Alex Edler has been out since January 24th with a back injury, while Andrew Alberts is recovering from a broken wrist that has kept him out of action since February 14th.
Fellow injured defenseman Kevin Bieksa travelled with the team to Detroit this morning and will be a game time decision for the Wednesday's encounter with the Red Wings.