The team released a statement from general manager Mike Gillis on Thursday afternoon, which explained that Malhotra's long-term health is the most important thing in the organization's mind. Discussing his support for the community, Gillis explained that Malhotra will continue to be a valued member of the franchise.
The release did not specify why Malhotra was being placed on injured reserve.
However, speculation has surrounded an eye injury he suffered during a 2011 game against the Colorado Avalanche. Since sustaining the injury, Malhotra's performance has declined as has his average ice-time per season.
Malhotra joined the Canucks in July of 2010 when he signed a three-year, $7.5 million deal with the club.
At 32-years-old, Malhotra has played in 864 career games and registered 108 goals, 170 assists and 278 points.