NHL Blog Beat – Saturday, February 16, 2013.

A salute to Manny Malhotra, Ryan Smyth’s decline, Jonathan Bernier’s role with the Kings, and more.

PUCK DADDY: Harrison Mooney lists five NHL teams which need to wear their third jerseys full-time, while Cam Charron examines the influence of the Canucks and Manny Malhotra on the NHL’s defensive strategies.

Manny Malhotra's 14-year NHL career appears at an end.

Manny Malhotra’s 14-year NHL career appears to be at an end.

GREATEST HOCKEY LEGENDS: Joe Pelletier looks back on Malhotra’s NHL career, which appears to have come to an end as a result of an eye injury.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Malhotra never turned out to be the star he was projected to become when he was drafted seventh overall in the 1998 NHL entry draft, but he did manage to carve out a 14-year career as a checking line center and a respected team leader, especially later in his career. He was also a key voice for the NHLPA during the recent lockout. Hopefully, he lands on his feet, either as a coach, scout or with the NHLPA.

THE STRANGEST ONE OF ALL: Scotty Wazz weighs in on the recent talks between the NHL and Olympic officials regarding NHL participation in the Sochi Winter Games.

MC79HOCKEY: Tyler Dellow wonders why some Alberta hockey pundits are so keen to trash a fading Ryan Smyth.

SUNBELT HOCKEY JOURNAL: Meesh Shanmugam believes the LA Kings need to reconsider goalie Jonathan Bernier’s role.

THE CHECKING LINE: Rob McGowan examines the NY Islanders at the quarter-mark of this shortened season.

LIGHTHOUSE HOCKEY: The end of the Islanders lengthy losing skid finally allows them off that crippled cruise ship.

3 Comments

  1. Its sad to see such a class act be forced to leave the game…Yes maybe he didn’t become a superstar but he was very well respected in the league and it was pointed out that players were holding up on hitting him because of his injury, that says alot about what other players thought of him, He will be a great ambassador to the game no matter where he lands and I’m sure will be around for some time to come.

    • I work at Rogers arena and there was quite a run on Malhotra jerseys so obviously the fans liked him too

  2. Some players legacies stretch quite far off the ice and Manny Malhotra is one of those players. What he has been able to impart to the players he has played with over the years is something that is immeasurable. His face off prowess was unmatched during his tenure with the Canucks and hopefully a number of them were paying attention to his technique. That is just one part of his game that will be missed on the ice, as will his quiet leadership. He was a class act both on and off the ice and I can just imagine how devastated he must feel knowing that his career has come to an end years before he anticipated it would and I wish him nothing but success in all he does.