Malhotra will hang up his skates in exchange for a clipboard, as he announced that he is retiring from professional hockey and looking to start coaching, Jeff Paterson of The Province reports.
Malhotra most recently played for AHL Lake Erie, but appeared in just 23 contests. Moving forward, the center will look to rejoin the Canucks organization as a coach instead. Selected seventh overall in the 1998 NHL Draft, the 36-year-old never quite lived up to expectations, with his best season coming in 2008-09 with the Blue Jackets (35 points and 28 PIM). Malhotra potted 116 goals in 991 career NHL games.
Malhotra will not be re-signed by the Canadiens, TSN's John Lu reports.Malhotra did not make any appearances during Montreal's playoff run, and the team is looking to swap out some aging veterans for younger faces. Malhotra had just four points in 58 games this season.
Malhotra scored his first goal of the season in Saturday night's 4-0 win over the Maple Leafs.The league's best faceoff man is not much of an offensive force. He has just three points (one goal, two assists) in 53 games played.
Malhotra will join the lineup for Thursday's game against the Panthers with Alex Galchenyuk a late scratch due to the flu, TSN's Chantal Machabee reports.Malhotra has just one point in 48 appearances this season, averaging 10:40 of ice time per game. He is expected to work as the fourth-line center, and he may be back out of the lineup for Saturday's game against Columbus.
Malhotra was a healthy scratch for Tuesday night's game against Florida.Michael Bournival took Malhotra's spot on the active roster, skating on the left wing of the fourth line while Sven Andrighetto moved to center.
Malhotra won 15 of 22 faceoffs in Saturday night's 2-0 win over the Bruins. Thirteen of those wins came in the defensive zone.Malhotra leads the NHL, having won 62 percent of his faceoffs.
Malhotra won 13 of 19 faceoffs in Thursday night's 2-1 shootout win over the Capitals.Malhotra's giving Montreal exactly what the team thought it was getting when the signed the fourth-line center. He's won 24 of 35 faceoffs through two games, including 15 of 22 in the defensive zone.
Malhotra has signed a one-year deal with Montreal worth $850,000, CBC.ca reports.The 34-year-old Malhotra, who recorded seven goals and six assists in 69 games with the Hurricanes this past season, doesn't offer much fantasy upside, but he brings valuable depth and experience to the Habs' forward corps.
Malhotra had two goals and an assist in Saturday's 6-3 trouncing of the Senators.
Malhotra, who is averaging roughly 13 minutes per game on the Canes' fourth line, has played fewer than 10 minutes per game three times in the past five contests.After skating a season-high 16:58 Nov. 12 against Colorado, Malhotra's minutes have declined steadily. He saw just 9:31 worth of action during Sunday's 5-2 loss to the Maple Leafs. In addition, he has just four points in 27 games thus far, giving him minimal fantasy value in all but the deepest formats.
Malhotra is a combined minus-3 over his last two games and skated just 12:03 against the Canucks on Sunday.After being a consistent 30-plus point scorer for three seasons (2008-2011), Malhotra has pretty much seen his best days pass him by. He has just four points through 15 games so far this season and should continue to anchor the Canes' fourth line for the foreseeable future.
Malhotra will be in the lineup Friday against the Lightning, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.Malhotra will return to the NHL after suffering serious vision issues that kept him away from the game in 2012-13. Consider him a high-risk pickup at this point, though he's capable of putting up 30 points over the rest of the season if he really is healthy.
Malhotra agreed to terms on a one-year, two-way contract with the Hurricanes on Thursday.Concerns about Malhotra's vision, stemming from a serious eye injury in 2011, resulted in the Canucks shutting Malhotra down just nine games into the 2012-13 season. The Hurricanes are evidently fine with where he's at, as they brought the 33-year-old aboard Thursday. He put up 30-plus points in three straight seasons from 2008-2011.
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