De Haan (personal) is on the ice for practice Tuesday, Tracey Myers of NHL.com reports. De Haan has been absent from practice since last Tuesday while tending to a family emergency, but he should still have plenty of time to get prepared for the Blackhawks' qualifying round matchup with more than a week to go before postseason play gets underway. The 29-year-old blueliner notched six points in 29 games before undergoing what was believed to be season-ending shoulder surgery in late December.
De Haan missed Tuesday's practice due to a family emergency, Eric Lear of the Blackhawks' official site reports. At this point, it's unclear when de Haan might be ready to rejoin the team, but the Blackhawks certainly won't rush him back with over two weeks remaining before Game 1 against Edmonton. Another update on the 29-year-old blueliner should be released once he's able to resume practicing.
De Haan (shoulder) was with the team for Monday's training camp kick-off, Eric Lear of the Blackhawks' official site reports. De Haan underwent shoulder surgery back in December, which was expected to keep him out of action through the end of the season. With the league shutdown, the blueliner was given extra time to get healthy and appears ready to go. The 28-year-old Canadian managed just six points in 29 contests this year, so fantasy players shouldn't be relying on him for much in terms of offensive contribution.
General manager Stan Bowman expects de Haan (shoulder) to be ready for the Blackhawks' pre-postseason training camp, Ben Pope of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. De Haan underwent shoulder surgery in late December and was originally expected to miss the rest of the campaign, but the league's hiatus has evidently allowed him to progress in his recovery to the point he should be ready for Chicago's pre-playoffs training camp, which is expected to get underway July 10. His return would be huge for a Blackhawks club that gave up goals in bunches during the regular season, as he was playing well in a top-four role prior to his injury, notching six points while posting a plus-10 rating in 29 contests.
De Haan (shoulder) skated with a small group of fellow NHL players in Ottawa on Friday, Charlie Roumeliotis of NBC Sports Chicago reports. De Haan underwent what was believed to be season-ending shoulder surgery in late December, but the fact that the Blackhawks will be playing meaningful games in August has left the door open for a potential return this year, particularly since he's already skating. However, his availability for the playoffs likely won't be determined until Chicago begins its pre-postseason training camp in mid-July. De Haan was playing well in a top-four role for the Blackhawks prior to his surgery, notching six points while registering a plus-10 rating in 29 contests.
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