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Hamhuis (leg) took part in Thursday's optional skate.

The Canucks still don't expect Hamhuis to return to action for another week, but the blueliner is clearly ahead of schedule in his recovery from the leg injury. Coach Willie Desjardins said the team initially projected Hamhuis to be out of commission until at some point in February, but his timetable has since been revised for the back end of January.

Dan Hamhuis D VAN 2 Months

Hamhuis (leg) isn't expected to return until the second half of January, the Vancouver Sun reports.

Hamhuis has been able to do so light activities on the ice recently, but he's still not back practicing with the team. He's been out since Nov. 20 with the injury.

Dan Hamhuis D VAN 2 Months

Hamhuis (leg/groin) was on the ice prior to Saturday's morning skate, Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun reports.

Hamhuis wasn't wearing his full gear during the skating session, so it wouldn't seem that he's particularly close to a return just yet. The blueliner has been sidelined since Nov. 20 with the leg injury.

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Hamhuis (lower body) will not join the Canucks on their seven-game road trip beginning Friday.

The fact that Hamhuis isn't traveling with the team illustrates that he's dealing with something more significant than a day-to-day concern. The Canucks might not provide a clearer timeline for his return until he's able to resume skating again.

Dan Hamhuis D VAN 3 Months

Hamhuis (lower body) was placed on injured reserve Monday.

The Canucks haven't detailed an official timetable for Hamhuis' recovery, but it sounds like a long-term absence might be in the cards for the blueliner. He hasn't resumed skating since leaving last Thursday's game with the lower-body ailment.

Dan Hamhuis D VAN 3 Months

Hamhuis (lower body) did not participate in Canucks' practice on Monday, Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province reports.

Hamhuis has missed Vancouver's last two games and it is feared that his injury is going to be a long-term one. In 20 games played this season, the 31-year-old defenseman has no goals and six assists.

Dan Hamhuis D VAN 3 Months

The Canucks are fearing the lower-body injury that forced Hamhuis out of Thursday's game may be more than a day-to-day concern, Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province reports.

Hamhuis suffered a right leg injury in the first period of the loss to the Ducks and was unable to put any weight on his leg while leaving the ice. The Canucks have already called up Frank Corrado from AHL Utica seemingly in anticipation of Hamhuis being unavailable for Sunday's game with the Blackhawks, but the team may have to trade for a defenseman if Hamhuis ends up missing more than a month.

Dan Hamhuis D VAN 3 Months

Hamhuis suffered a lower-body injury in Thursday's game against the Ducks and will not return.

The origin of Hamhuis' injury is unclear, but it will sideline him for the remainder of Thursday's contest and could put his status in doubt for Sunday's game against the Blackhawks. If he can't go, Ryan Stanton will likely dress in his place.

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Hamhuis collected his fifth assist of the season in Sunday's win over San Jose.

Hamhuis hasn't produced much offensively this season, failing to score a goal and registering a minus-5 rating. After almost reaching the 40-point mark in 2011-12, Hamhuis has fallen back into more of a 20-point player, focusing more on the defensive aspect of his game. At least you know what you're getting.

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Hamhuis dropped the mitts and had an assist in Saturday's shootout win over the Oilers.

It was the blueliner's first fight since 2010, so don't expect him to rack up too many more five-minute majors during the season. Hamhuis is is off to a solid start in 2014-15, recording two assists in two games, while averaging 23:57 of ice time. He isn't the flashiest player, but he is reliable and should improve on the mere 22 points he tallied in 2013-14.