Canucks Report: Malhotra Issues Statement
MALHOTRA ISSUES STATEMENT
By Nolan Kelly
Injured Canucks forward Manny Malhotra issued a statement late Wednesday afternoon, thanking his teammates, fans and the Canucks organization for its continued support.
Click here to read the full statement.
Malhotra was injured on March 16th against the Colorado Avalance when an errant puck struck him in the eye.
There is no timetable for his return.
NEILSON STATUE UNVEILING
A permanent statue of former Canucks coach Roger Nielson will be unveiled tomorrow evening at 6pm, one hour before the Canucks host the Minnesota Wild in their final game of the regular season.
Roger Neilson was coach of the Vancouver Canucks for three seasons in the early 1980’s, his success culminating in a trip to the 1982 Stanley Cup Finals, during which he indirectly created the ‘Towel Power’ phenomenon now seen in arenas throughout world.
For more on ‘Towel Power’, check out Derek Jory’s article.
Eight years after his retirement and untimely passing, Neilson still sits 17th on the NHL’s all time coaching wins list. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2002.
EDLER CLOSE, ALBERTS UNSURE
Injured defensemen Alex Edler and Andrew Alberts flew to Edmonton with the team and skated on their own before yesterday’s game against the Oilers.
At this point, Edler is closer to go, and looks to be a game time decision for Thursday’s game against the Wild.
"It feels good, but you can't get in game shape until you've played in a game," said Edler. "I'll make the decision when I'm ready. I feel pretty good."
Alberts seemed less certain of a regular season return to action.
"You only have two practices, so it's tough to get your timing and speed back," said Alberts.
"Hopefully, I get some more, full team practices before I get in. You can skate out here all you want but it's just not the same."
The Canucks have two games left before the end of the regular season. The playoffs begin in just over a week, on April 14th.