The 30-year-old Malhotra, who made $700,000 last season with San Jose, had 14 goals and 19 assists for 33 points for the Sharks. The 14 goals marked a career high for Malhotra, who was a first round pick of the New York Rangers in the 1998 draft. He was a very effective third-line forward for the Sharks last season, and excelled in the team's second round playoff victory over Detroit.
The Canucks also reportedly awarded Malhotra a no-trade clause. Stay tuned to this space for confirmation on what appears to be a fairly outlandish deal for a role player, however respected Malhotra may be.