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Canes sign C Manny Maholtra

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Wow, you can tell apathy is setting in when a new signing doesn't even get anyone's attention.

 

Canes need some healthy bodies back.....quick.

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We just signed Malhotra..... AKA Faceoff specialist/defensive center.

 

1 year 2-way deal

 

http://m.carhur.com/01BWo

I am really excited by this signing. Now someone tell me what happens if he's brought up to the big club? Specifically, would he be subject to waivers? If so, this seems a bit unfair ar JR was the only one, it appears, to give him a chance.

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2 way deal. So if he gets sent down he is not subject to waivers right? This is our 4th line center and 2nd unit PK specialist. It will greatly cut down on Eric's ice time on the PK.

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I am really excited by this signing. Now someone tell me what happens if he's brought up to the big club? Specifically, would he be subject to waivers? If so, this seems a bit unfair ar JR was the only one, it appears, to give him a chance.

 

 

2 way deal. So if he gets sent down he is not subject to waivers right? This is our 4th line center and 2nd unit PK specialist. It will greatly cut down on Eric's ice time on the PK.

I'm pretty sure a two-way contract doesn't protect a player from waivers (Bellemore is on a 2-way).  It might look that way since most 2-ways are given to younger players, and it's age/ NHL experience which dictates waiver eligibility.

 

Edit: Malhotra wouldn't be subject to waivers any time he was called up since the 2013 CBA eliminated reentry waivers.  Now if he was called up and then sent back down again, it's a different story.

Edited by LakeLivin

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After reading about Malhotra's stint with Charlotte, I've got to wonder if he'll almost be worth the roster spot & $ just for the leadership he brings.  He sounds like the kind of guy that might be worth having in the organization in some capacity even if he wasn't playing anymore.

 

http://gocheckers.com/articles/340-manny-malhotra-taking-tryout-seriously.html

http://gocheckers.com/articles/344-manny-malhotra-helps-brendan-woods-again.html

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2 way deal. So if he gets sent down he is not subject to waivers right? This is our 4th line center and 2nd unit PK specialist. It will greatly cut down on Eric's ice time on the PK.

Nope, bluedevil58, "2 Way Deal" doesn't affect waivers. It just simply means that he is paid differently at the 2 levels. Being subject to waivers has its own set of rules, which I don't pretend to know. I'm just curious if he comes to us, does he have to go thru waivers?

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Lake Livin' wrote: After reading about Malhotra's stint with Charlotte, I've got to wonder if he'll almost be worth the roster spot & $ just for the leadership he brings.  He sounds like the kind of guy that might be worth having in the organization in some capacity even if he wasn't playing anymore.

 

http://gocheckers.com/articles/340-manny-malhotra-taking-tryout-seriously.html

http://gocheckers.com/articles/344-manny-malhotra-helps-brendan-woods-again.html

 

I agree. More important, this *may* signal (but I'm not holding my breath) that JR has finally realized that this game begins at the face-off dots. It is hard to overstate the importance of winning face-offs, and with the Staal brothers finally where they should be - on the same line (let's hope that holds) - this may be what many of us have been waiting for since Brindy hung up the skates: a commitment to puck possession, which, if we're going to have any hope of making the playoffs with a negative goal differential and our big question marks in the net, is going to be crucial to winning hockey games.

 

Hopefully the scoring comes back. There was one week last season where the first line was the hottest in hockey, then Tlusty went down. Jordan's been a phenomenal disappointment in the scoring department, and it's beginning to look like the hope is to let him win face-offs and set up/create screens for his brother and Semin, which is what we should have had him doing all along. If Manny can then center line 2 and extend the team's puck possession, that becomes a very big thing in terms of frustrating the opposition.

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Nope, bluedevil58, "2 Way Deal" doesn't affect waivers. It just simply means that he is paid differently at the 2 levels. Being subject to waivers has its own set of rules, which I don't pretend to know. I'm just curious if he comes to us, does he have to go thru waivers?

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Lake Livin' wrote: After reading about Malhotra's stint with Charlotte, I've got to wonder if he'll almost be worth the roster spot & $ just for the leadership he brings.  He sounds like the kind of guy that might be worth having in the organization in some capacity even if he wasn't playing anymore.

 

http://gocheckers.com/articles/340-manny-malhotra-taking-tryout-seriously.html

http://gocheckers.com/articles/344-manny-malhotra-helps-brendan-woods-again.html

 

I agree. More important, this *may* signal (but I'm not holding my breath) that JR has finally realized that this game begins at the face-off dots. It is hard to overstate the importance of winning face-offs, and with the Staal brothers finally where they should be - on the same line (let's hope that holds) - this may be what many of us have been waiting for since Brindy hung up the skates: a commitment to puck possession, which, if we're going to have any hope of making the playoffs with a negative goal differential and our big question marks in the net, is going to be crucial to winning hockey games.

 

Hopefully the scoring comes back. There was one week last season where the first line was the hottest in hockey, then Tlusty went down. Jordan's been a phenomenal disappointment in the scoring department, and it's beginning to look like the hope is to let him win face-offs and set up/create screens for his brother and Semin, which is what we should have had him doing all along. If Manny can then center line 2 and extend the team's puck possession, that becomes a very big thing in terms of frustrating the opposition.

STaals where they should be on the same line? NO just no.

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STaals where they should be on the same line? NO just no.

Tell me BlueDevil: How long does E. Staal's face-off percentage have to remain below 50 percent before fans accept that no matter how much he might think so, he's no center? Muller is doing that now by spotting him on a line with Jordan. Eric is a sniper who belongs on the wing. Jordan is an immovable object who can do what Eric cannot: plant himself in front of the net and not be moved.  If both these guys want their $8 million a year, they're going to have play where they're told, not where Eric says.

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Based on how many goals Eric and Jordan have scored while playing on the same line I will agree that they are an unstoppable force.

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A move that could pay off. Malhotra sure can't hurt. If he can win some faceoffs, help some kids and help kick start this team he will be worth it.

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Topshelf, I really don't see how having both Staal's on the same line will help us (the team) improve our faceoff%?   I do agree that losing faceoffs are a big part of our woes right now.

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Based on how many goals Eric and Jordan have scored while playing on the same line I will agree that they are an unstoppable force.

This would be hilarious sarcasm were it not for the fact that they've played together for less than two games. Meanwhile, we have SIX YEARS of proof that E. Staal can't win a face-off when the pressure's on, and will not go to the front of the net (or gain the weight that might enable him to do so). But you're right, BD - let's continue to do the same thing and wonder why we don't get different results!

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So I was wondering if he was signed just to be available, but the Checker's website sure thinks he'll be suiting up in Raleigh very soon.

 

 Malhotra, who had played in each of the Checkers’ first eight games this season while on a professional tryout contract, will likely miss tonight’s game in Rockford as he prepares to join the Hurricanes.

Malhotra, 33, could be in the lineup as soon as Friday when the Hurricanes host the Tampa Bay Lightning. It would mark his 865th NHL game and first since the Vancouver Canucks placed him on injured reserved due to concerns over permanent damage to his eye in February of last season.

 

Seems like a safe guy to try as the 4th line, initial PK faceoff guy. He has no points in 9 AHL games. Since the injury has not produced a lot of points, but still could contribute. Still has a fair amount of visual loss supposedly. 

 

Definitely should make top shelf happy, he is a face off genius. Jason Shaya, the Checkers play by play guy wrote this:

 

Manny Malholtra hadn't played three games in three nights in over a decade. Nevertheless, I don't think he lost hardly any faceoffs all weekend and ended Sunday at +1.

 

He's a decent sized guy, if he could win faceoffs, defend and bring grit and leadership, could help. Inspiring story if he makes it back.

Edited by remkin

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Topshelf, I really don't see how having both Staal's on the same line will help us (the team) improve our faceoff%?   I do agree that losing faceoffs are a big part of our woes right now.

With Eric's low percentage out of the equation (< 45% lifetime face-off percentage, and that's including his improvement in the past few years) and Jordan (50%), and Manny (who has consistently been around 60 percent and is a Brindy-quality face-off man) taking draws, the math is pretty simple. Further, having a go-to guy like Manny at the dot for PP, SH and late-game D-zone draws - well, we saw how important that was with Brindy. Eric is a sniper who scores most from the outside - the definition of a winger. 

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I don't buy it.  There are 2 other centers and their backups at ES when they get thrown out to factor in.  I agree that Manny can help win faceoffs but you lost me when you tried to justify both Staal's on one line will improve team FO%.  But, that's fine, agree to disagree.

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With Eric's low percentage out of the equation (< 45% lifetime face-off percentage, and that's including his improvement in the past few years) and Jordan (50%), and Manny (who has consistently been around 60 percent and is a Brindy-quality face-off man) taking draws, the math is pretty simple. Further, having a go-to guy like Manny at the dot for PP, SH and late-game D-zone draws - well, we saw how important that was with Brindy. Eric is a sniper who scores most from the outside - the definition of a winger. 

Sniper, seriously

The brothers staal makes us have less depth and a much weaker second PP line. Bottom line here is the top two lines need to get going. gerbes is the leading goal scorer on this team and dubb

Ing up the staals is the answer? Seriously

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Sniper, seriously

The brothers staal makes us have less depth and a much weaker second PP line. Bottom line here is the top two lines need to get going. gerbes is the leading goal scorer on this team and dubb

Ing up the staals is the answer? Seriously

Dude, that's (another reason) why they got Malhotra. With Staal/Staal/Semin on the first PP and Malhotra, Gerbe and Skinner/Tlusty/LIndholm/take your pick on the second, we get two PP and PK lines with centers that both win 50 percent or more of their face-offs, and puck control is the key to both special teams. 

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Topshelf,

Until I am proven wrong. If that is the case I will apologize to you and admit that I am wrong. I see your viewpoint of playing the Staals together as a very bad idea. A 1-2 combo of 2 6.3 ft centers coming at you is just too good to pass up... It wears teams down.

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