Dan Hamhuis To Miss “Months” With Lower Body Injury

The Vancouver Canucks reportedly received some bad news this morning, as word surfaced that Dan Hamhuis will miss significant time, believed to be multiple months, with a lower body injury suffered just 19 seconds into his game against the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday.

Read past the jump for more information.

During a rush up-ice early in Thursday night’s game against the Anaheim Ducks, Dan Hamhuis clipped skates with Daniel Sedin, causing the defender’s right knee to appear to buckle. Hamhuis collapsed to the ice, and was unable to leave under his own power, although he was reportedly sighted walking under his own power and signing autographs after the game.

Footage of the injury can be seen here:

The Canucks have recalled Frank Corrado from the Utica Comets to fill the roster void left by Hamhuis, who is scheduled to be out for “months,” but not the entire season. Ryan Stanton is also healthy and as a left-handed defenseman, is another possibility to draw in to the lineup in Hamhuis’ place.

Of course, even though the ace defender has struggled this season, the hole left by Hamhuis isn’t easy to fill from within, especially considering that we’re already concerned that Vancouver doesn’t have much on the blueline outside of the Edler-Tanev pairing, and Kevin Bieksa needs to get his game back in order.

The injury is first and foremost awful news for Hamhuis, but it’s also going to put a massive strain on the Canucks defense corps if he is out for as long as being reported. We’ll update this post as more information becomes available. 

  • The bright spot is that even in losing the team’s best defenseman, the Canucks still have a pairing that has, so far this season, played like a very good #1 pairing in Edler and Tanev. Obviously it now becomes extremely important that they keep playing as they have been.

    Sbisa and Weber has been a decent third pairing, too.

    At this stage everything relies on Bieksa, because he should, you’d think, end up being re-united with Stanton. Stanton has been terrible this year. If they can at least to some extent find the chemistry and success they enjoyed last year, the Canucks can weather this.

    Otherwise, this is going to be 2011-SCF-level rough. I feel like we were missing an important d-man for that series.

    • Why post this? Wasting the readers time, and your own. Curious of the motivation that drives you to read articles on teams you obviously don’t care about. Stop wasting our time. At least we have a franchise we believe in, as opposed to just hating on others teams.

      • FredTheCaveman

        Just a sign that people are starting to feel threatened by the Canucks again with the haters starting to post on Canucks message boards again. That or he’s from Canuck hatin’ Alabama.

        I have a really queasy feeling in my stomache over this Hamhuis situation though. The Canucks in recent years have really felt like a Jenga tower of sorts. When we have everyone I feel like we have a chance to compete with anyone, but take even one important piece out and the whole thing comes down.

        I’m worried more now about the rest of our defencemen being able to stay healthy with the increased workload. On the bright side at least Hammer’s nose will get a chance to fully heal.

    • Why post this? Wasting the readers time, and your own. Curious of the motivation that drives you to read articles on teams you obviously don’t care about. Stop wasting our time. At least we have a franchise we believe in, as opposed to just hating on others teams.

    • FredTheCaveman

      I was thinking the same. If we’re to believe rumors, the Sabres are asking a lot for a guy that is trending downwards over the last couple years. Sure, he could be a force on a good team but you don’t know for sure and nobody is paying a ton for Myers. Maybe Benning can wear them down.

      I look at Myers this way: would he be of the same interest if he was the same size as Stanton or Bieksa? Probably not. Size is good but he needs to show the skill he displayed earlier in his young career. Pro-sports really is a world of what have you done for me lately.

  • Stanton is a lot better than he’s played so far this season. By Corsi, he was the team’s best defenceman last year. This year he’s been the worst (in a small sample size). I think he can get back to last year’s level, after all he is a year older and hopefully wiser. Hamhuis, for his part, hasn’t really been all that great as it is, though of course I would also have expected him to pick it up a bit. Big loss but I think the Canucks will manage.

  • Hopefully Stanton and Bieksa can start to click as a second pairing; if it does we might be fine for the time being, before J.B. brings in more help for the back end.

    Edler – Tanev
    Stanton – Bieksa
    Sbisa – Weber

    Also, IMO it might be worthwhile to move Corrado and a pick for another young but NHL-ready defender.

  • FredTheCaveman

    On the bright side, I really thought Hammy was done for the year w a knee injury, so if it’s months, that a positive.

    Coach Willie seems to have the right attitude. This is a chance for someone else to step up and prove themselves. Sbisa or Stanton has a chance to prove he can play a top 4 role in the NHL and Corrado has a chance to prove he belongs in the NHlL. Will it happen? I don’t know, but that is the way successful teams approach injuries.

  • FredTheCaveman

    Looking at the replay, it is probably a grade 2 to 3 MCL tear. The average recovery time is approx. 6 to 8 weeks if the ACL is not damaged.

    This is an opportunity for Corrado, Stanton, Sbisa, and possibly Sanguinetti to get more ice time. Also, it forces management to look at the depth on defence.