Life’s been pretty good for the Canucks this season. How can it not be? They own the best record in the NHL, they’ve already clinched a playoff spot in the Western Conference and they are home to the first and third top point-getters in the entire league in Daniel and Henrik Sedin, respectively.
Can’t get any better than that, right? Well, I hate to spoil the party but there is one thing that can put a damper on the Canucks quest for Lord Stanley’s Cup. Injuries. The Canucks have been hit pretty hard lately with the injury bug. First, there was the devastatingly-brutal-to-look-at season ending eye injury to Manny Malhotra and, now, a recent concussion incident with defenceman Dan Hamhuis. The Canucks have already had spurts this year where they had to play without key players such as Kevin Bieska and Keith Ballard. A blue line without Hamhuis is going to be tough going for the Canucks but shouldn’t slow them down too much.
Injuries are normal for any sports team. However, with such a big deal being made out of concussions this year, thanks to the NFL concussion problems and the fact that Sidney Crosby is still out because of concussion symptoms, losing someone like Hamhuis to concussions, especially since this is his second one of the season, hurts more than it normally would.
You can’t just tell him to lace up the skates and go back out onto the ice. You need to make sure he’s 100% ready to. You need to take every precaution in the books to ensure that he is symptom free before he hits. Not only are you talking about his season, you’re talking about his career. You don’t want to risk him losing more than the ability to shoot or block the puck. Until he’s ready, the Canucks are going to have to sustain their high level of play without him.