Here’s an excerpt from the Q&A with Manny Malhotra today:
Q. Manny, can you end the suspense and tell us if you’re playing tonight?
MANNY MALHOTRA: It’s gone from day to day to game-time decision right now. I’m honestly not trying to send you guys on a wild goose chase. That’s just the nature of the situation right now.
Q. At this point in the day, do you feel healthy enough to play?
MANNY MALHOTRA: I feel really good, yeah. I felt good yesterday skating. Felt good this morning. So, again, hopefully I’ll continue throughout the day.
Q. Manny, what were you looking for from your game to give you an indication that you’re ready?
MANNY MALHOTRA: It’s tough to say. Obviously being good in the circle is going to be a big part of what I do. It’s always tough to say how your legs are going to be responding in a game. I felt good the last few days of skating as far as my wind goes.
I think early on, things we’re going to talk about if I go, is just simplicity, getting my feet moving, getting pucks in, making smart decisions with the pucks, keeping things real basic for right now.
Q. If you do play, what do you expect to feel in terms of the emotions, whether it’s first games in different situations, how will this compare to other firsts in your career?
MANNY MALHOTRA: It’s obviously an incredible position to be in. I think everybody that’s on the ice tonight has dreamed about this at some point or another in their career, growing up.
I realize the significance of the moment. At the same time, once the puck’s dropped, I’m going to have to just, again, bring it back to basics. Just another game, got to do the things I’ve done my whole career.
Q. If you do play at some point there’s going to be a shot of Manny Malhotra on the big screen and the crowd is going to be pretty emotional. How do you react?
MANNY MALHOTRA: For me, it would obviously be a very touching moment, I guess. I realize how privileged I am to play in a market like Vancouver. We have incredible fans here. They’ve shown me nothing but support this entire year and through this entire last couple months.
So it’s a privilege to play in front of them. I thank them for all the support that they’ve given me thus far.