The Carolina Hurricanes added more depth and experience to their lineup by signing Manny Malhotra to a one-year/two-way deal today.
Malhotra will earn $600,000 in the NHL or $125,000 in the AHL with a guarantee of $250,000. The center was on a tryout with the Charlotte Checkers since the beginning of the season.
In eight games with the team, Malhotra did not record a point, but was a force in the face-off circle winning 22 of 29 face-offs in his first two games in the AHL.
The Hurricanes have not been as successful in the face-off dot and Malhotra will be able to help with that along with bringing defensive responsibility to the bottom six.
The team plays tomorrow and it’s not clear if Malhotra will be in the lineup. Kevin Westgarth missed practice today and could be out tomorrow, so the Canes will be looking for somebody to replace him in the lineup.
When Malhotra does play, he’ll most likely be on the fourth line and penalty kill and will give Kirk Muller a valuable option in the bottom six.
The main concern with signing the former Canuck was the eye injury he suffered in 2010 that continued to bother him and forced Vancouver to place Malhotra on injured reserve for the whole season last year.
But if the Canes are confident, there’s no danger in Malhotra’s health, then this is a good signing. He’ll bring a lot to the Hurricanes and if it doesn’t work out, it’s only a one-year deal.