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It has been an extremely tough journey for the recently signed Carolina Hurricanes veteran Manny Malhotra.
Malhotra, who has gotten another shot at a comeback with the Hurricanes, suffered a gruesome eye injury while playing for the Vancouver Canucks back in March of 2011. For a period of time it appeared as though Malhotra would never have an opportunity to play in the NHL again. After being placed on the Canucks injured reserve just nine games into last season it was speculated that Malhotra would return to the Canucks in a front office role.
He never gave up.
After becoming an unrestricted free agent at the end of last season, At the beginning of October Malhotra agreed to a professional tryout contract with Carolina’s AHL team, the Charlotte Checkers. After a month-long tryout, last Thursday, the Carolina Hurricanes announced that Malhotra had signed a one-year,two-way contract with the club that will pay him a guaranteed salary of $250,000.
Heading into last nights game against the Philadelphia Flyers, the Hurricanes had lost five in a row. Malhotra, who was playing in this third game since signing with the Canes back on October 31 and he officially completed his comeback. With the score tied 1-1 in overtime, Malhotra was able to breakaway from the pack and score a backhand shot for the game winner 2:40 in. Carolina ended their five game losing streak thanks to Manny Malhotra.
“I wanted to make sure I got a quick shot off,” Malhotra said. “I think it surprised him. We did a lot of good things as a team, and scoring is the icing on the cake. I’m just trying to do the little things that make teams successful.”
“As a player, to have the confidence of the coach means a lot,” Malhotra continued.”To be put out there in that situation means a lot to me. Just being given the chance to be back here, I want to prove people right. I’m grateful for that chance.”
The Canes forced overtime after Jordan Staal scored with 52.3 seconds left in regulation.
“We stuck with our game the whole 60 minutes,” Staal said. “For us to rebound, it shows the character in this room that we can keep battling through some tough times. It was nice to see us bounce back after that goal they scored.”
The ability to battle through the tough times and come out on top is a quality that both the Hurricanes and Malhotra know something about. After only three games, Malhotra has made an impressive impact on the Hurricanes. He is a great leader, a great hockey player, and an even better person. Good for you Manny!
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