On March 21, the Vancouver Canucks confirmed the worst fears of fans: Center Manny Malhotra, hit in the left eye with a puck in a game against the Colorado Avalanche five days earlier, would "not return to the Canucks lineup for the remainder of this regular season and playoffs" based on consultation with team doctors and specialists.
But as the Canucks continued their run in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Malhotra inched back onto the ice: First in workout gear and then in full gear on May 18 with his teammates. The team downplayed his presence, trying to temper expectations and hopes that he might rejoin the Canucks in the postseason.
Good luck tempering them now. Bob McKenzie of TSN reported on Friday that Manny Malhotra has gone from
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