Canes sign Malhotra to boost depth at center

calexander@newsobserver.comOctober 31, 2013 

— The Carolina Hurricanes, looking to boost their depth at center, signed NHL veteran Manny Malhotra on Thursday to a one-year, two-way contract.

General manager Jim Rutherford said Malhotra would join the Canes for the morning skate Friday and would play Friday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Malhotra, 33, has played eight games for the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL this season after signing a professional tryout contract on Oct. 3. He will receive $600,000 at the NHL level, or $125,000 at the AHL level, with a guarantee of $250,000.

"Manny has leadership qualities, is a veteran player, a good defensive player and a good face-off man," Rutherford said. "We feel there are some areas where we can upgrade, and bringing in Manny should help us to it."

Malhotra has played 864 regular-season games in the NHL with the New York Rangers, Dallas, Columbus, San Jose and Vancouver. He played just nine games last season with the Canucks because of a recurring eye injury suffered in March 2011.

Rutherford said Malhotra was brought to Raleigh to meet with eye specialists, then watched closely in his games with the Checkers to see if there were any apparent vision problems.

In other personnel moves Thursday, injured forwards Jeff Skinner and Radek Dvorak were placed on injured reserve -- Skinner retroactive to Oct. 24 and Dvorak to Oct. 25.

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