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Canucks D Getting Some Good News

04/04/2011 at 3:57pm EDT

From Ian MacIntyre at the Vancouver Sun:

Just in time for the playoffs, injured Vancouver Canuck defenceman Dan Hamhuis is back on the ice this morning eight days after suffering his second concussion of the National Hockey League season.

Hamhuis is working out on his own with Canucks skills coach Glen Carnegie, but his appearance on skates is a significant milepost in his recovery and an indication the key blueliner could be ready to start the playoffs next week.

The Canucks also expect back defenceman Alex Edler, who is scheduled to practise fully today with teammates, for the final game or two of the regular season. Edler underwent back surgery in January.

Great news, especially about Hamhuis. Time to prey they get completely healthy—perhaps wrap all the d-men in bubble-wrap (or, as noted by a reader the other day, “may also be an idea to keep Sami Salo away from sharp, fast-moving, or indeed any objects whatsoever”)—then store them on the bench and get ready for the playoffs. And knock on wood.

Update 11:11am PT: Speaking of Salo…

“I’ve overcome a lot of bad things,” Salo said of enduring 40 career injuries that have included the normal, abnormal and bizarre. “I think there’s some kind of prize at the end -I’m hoping. This means a lot. I’ve achieved a lot in different parts of the world, but in North America I haven’t got past the second round, so that’s a big hurdle that I want to take on for sure -to feel that you achieved something.

“I feel I have a few more years left in the tank and I’m pretty sure I’ll be playing in North America.”

—Profile on Salo from Ben Kuzma in The Province

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