On the day after the Canucks clinched the Northwest Division, they received some bad news on the Manny Malhotra front.
The Canucks say it will be a couple days before they know the scope of Manny Malhotra’s eye injury.
What they do know is that he had surgery Wednesday night and there is concern about his vision. He will see a specialist later today.
To say this is a big blow to the Canucks is an understatement. Save for a stretch in December, Uncle Manny has been key to the Canucks’ depth all season long. I mean, how do you replace a guy that is great on faceoffs, great on the PK, and is more than dependable playing in just about every situation? Chris Higgins and Maxim Lapierre seem to get more comfortable and get better every game, but let’s face it – they’re not Manny.
When Mattias Ohlund was hit in the eye by a puck early in his Canucks career, he had to have eye surgery to correct his vision and missed nearly half the season. Obviously we don’t know the severity nor do we have a timeline for Manny’s injury yet. All we can do right now is hope that he gets healthy and gets better soon.