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.
Hamhuis signing autographs in a suit outside Canucks locker room post game but didn’t talk to media and walked off with a heavy limp
— Kevin Woodley (@KevinisInGoal) November 21, 2014
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.