NHL veteran retires, will likely be recruited by his former team.


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Manny Malhotra may not be without a job for very long.

According to Jeff Patterson of The Province, the veteran center has decided to hang up his skates for good and now has his sights set on a position in coaching or player development. 

One organization that is interested in taking him on is his former team the Vancouver Canucks.

Canucks general manager Jim Benning says the club is considering hiring Malhotra, who appeared in 159 games for Vancouver between 2010 and 2013.

"He was a good player for the team for a number of years, and he’s a guy who had a special set of gifts that he offered on faceoffs and penalty killing," Benning said. "He was a good leader on those teams that were successful. So we’re currently looking into seeing if there is a fit with our organization."

He was a part of the Canucks' squad that reached the 2011 Stanley Cup Final, but a serious eye injury forced him to sit out that entire playoff run.

Malhotra, 36, appeared in 991 NHL games, recording 116 goals and 295 points over 16 seasons. He will be remembered fondly as an efficient faceoff man and stellar two-way forward.