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Vancouver forward Manny Malhotra, seen heading to the dressing room after suffering an eye injury on March 17, won't return this season. ((Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press))

Manny Malhotra will miss the remainder of the regular season and the playoffs after suffering a serious eye injury last week, the Vancouver Canucks announced on Monday.

The Canucks made the decision in consultation with team doctors and specialists and declined further comment on the status of the centre's eye or his vision.

Malhotra, 30, was struck by a puck that deflected off a stick last Wednesday against Colorado. He immediately clutched near his left eye and skated to the locker room, leaving a trail of blood.

The Mississauga, Ont., native didn't break any orbital bones according to the team, but his vision was affected. He underwent surgery in the aftermath of the injury, but visited his teammates on Saturday.

Malhotra does not wear a visor. While it's quite possible his injury would have occurred even with one, several Canucks spoke publicly about considering the extra protection in the wake of the scary incident.

The veteran of over nine NHL seasons has been an integral piece for the Canucks since signing a three-year contract worth $7.5 million US last summer, contributing 11 goals and 19 assists while enhancing his reputation as one of the NHL's best face-off men.