TORONTO - Rocking a tinted visor, a new look he debuted at the start of Phase 3 training camp, Dougie Hamilton returned to Carolina Hurricanes practice on Thursday.
The defenseman, who last practiced with the team on July 22 in Raleigh, has been skating on his own in Toronto but has otherwise since been "unfit to participate," as is the new official injury nomenclature.
While the Canes' might have a week's layoff in between postseason games, the empty calendar affords them the opportunity to get Hamilton back up to speed and potentially in the lineup for Game 1 against a still-to-be-determined opponent.
"It's just a good sign that he's out there with the guys in a regular kind of form," head coach Rod Brind'Amour said after practice. "We didn't push him or anything today, but it's the first step in hopefully getting him back."