- Associated Press - Monday, March 21, 2011

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA (AP) - Vancouver Canucks center Manny Malhotra is out for the rest of the regular season and playoffs with an eye injury that has already required surgery.

The team announced in a brief statement Monday that Malhotra would be lost for the year after being hit in the left eye by an errant puck during last Wednesday’s game against Colorado. He had a surgical procedure later that night.

Malhotra had a large white bandage over his face as he left the arena after meeting with some of his teammates before a practice Saturday morning. The Canucks said there would be no further comment, but NBA star Steve Nash, Malhotra’s brother-in-law, said later Saturday afternoon there is concern about “possibly permanent vision” damage.