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Eye surgery will sideline George Parros for a month

Tough guys like George Parros won’t wear visors until the NHL makes them mandatory, but the mustachioed fighter might want to don one in practice. Parros took two pucks to the face in recent practices – one under his right eye (Oct. 26) and the most recent to his left eye on Friday, Nov. 4. That last one forced him to undergo laser eye surgery today, a procedure that will sideline him for about one month.

Parros even put up a photo of his stitched-up eye on Twitter recently.


Parros joked that his left eye must have gotten jealous of the dinged-up right side of his face, which you can see from this photo (also via Parros’ Twitter):


Parros is an Ivy League graduate, so it’s not like the “tough dumb hockey player” line of argument works here. Still, his job is to intimidate and fight, which means he’s unlikely to don a visor (at least any longer than he’s forced to).

It feels strange to say this, but hopefully future stitches will come from fists, not wayward pucks. He’ll have to wait until December or so for that to happen again, though.

Minor eye surgery will sideline Jason Arnott for about a week

Jason Arnott

St. Louis Blues center Jason Arnott underwent minor eye surgery to remove a cataract from his right eye today. The team reports that he’s expected to miss about seven days, which should give him plenty of time to be ready for their regular season opener against the Nashville Predators on Saturday, Oct. 8.

Early indications are that the 36 year old forward will draw third line duty with fellow veteran free agent addition Jamie Langenbrunner and Alex Steen. Naturally, that role could change if he plays especially well or injuries wreak havoc on the Blues again. If so, he certainly has the experience to play a larger role – although it’s unclear how much gas he has left in the tank.

Arnott scored 31 points in 73 games last season. He generated 24 points in 62 games with the New Jersey Devils before adding seven during 11 games with the Washington Capitals. Arnott drew rave reviews for holding Caps teammates accountable, but parted ways with the team after that disappointing second round sweep. We’ll see if Arnott can make an equally positive impact on another young roster in St. Louis.

Vancouver’s Manny Malhotra cleared for contact after eye surgery; Could he play in the finals?

Manny Malhotra

With the Stanley Cup finals set to start on Wednesday, we’ve had a host of storylines pop up with the Vancouver Canucks. From the Sedins, to Ryan Kesler, to Roberto Luongo there’s a lot of things to zero in. One player who has been absent from the playoffs and from the Canucks lineup since mid-March is Manny Malhotra.

As you might recall, Malhotra was struck in the eye by a puck on March 16th, an injury that left Malhotra in danger of losing his eyesight in that eye and potentially ending his career. After two successful surgeries on the eye, Malhotra was fortunate to get the use out of his eye back even with reduced vision in the eye. While he’s been working out of late it wasn’t believed that Malhotra would be able to come back to hockey this season or what the timetable would be on when or if he’d be able to play hockey again.

Today, Malhotra was cleared for full contact in practices with the Canucks and opening up the possibility we could see him suit up for the Canucks in the Stanley Cup finals. TSN’s Bob McKenzie breaks down the possibilities ahead for Canucks coach Alain Vigneault when it comes to perhaps playing Malhotra and creating one of the most amazing stories of the year.

Malhotra has been steadily ramping up the intensity of his on-ice workouts. Now, though, assured by doctors that the only way he could damage the eye is by taking direct contact by a puck or stick on the eye, he will be able to take the next step in practice and engage in contact and battle drills that will give him a better idea if he’s fully ready for the rigors of an NHL Stanley Cup final playoff game.

Anyone watching Malhotra practice recently has seen that he appears comfortable taking draws. He’s been working hard on his conditioning.

Malhotra will wear a full face shield like the one in the photo attached to this story so taking direct damage to the eye would be unlikely. Still, he’ll have reduced vision in his left eye and if the Canucks are thinking of putting him, doing so in the Stanley Cup finals after not having played since mid-March does come with risks. Even if Malhotra plays on the fourth line at limited minutes mistakes and risks are still there. You’d think it would be unlikely that Alain Vigneault would take a chance there, but if Malhotra is ready and he can play the way he did in the regular season… Astounding.

Should Malhotra play and do the same thing he was doing during the year, he’s a tremendous defensive center with the ability to dominate at faceoffs while shutting down opponents top forwards. Suffice to say, if Malhotra can come back and do that again life will be made awfully difficult for the likes of David Krejci, Vincent Lecavalier, or Steve Stamkos. The Canucks have done well in spite of Malhotra’s absence but if they can get him back that makes either Boston or Tampa Bay’s task even harder to win the Stanley Cup against the favored Canucks.

For now, we’ll hope for the best for Malhotra and hope that we will indeed see him suit up again. If that happens during the Stanley Cup finals though… What a story.