While most of his locked-out teammates had long since left the ice Tuesday, Vancouver Canuck defenceman Dan Hamhuis was on another sheet at UBC's Thunderbird Arena diligently doing drills with skating coach Barb Aidelbaum.

Hamhuis is considered one of the smoother skaters on the Canucks, if not the entire NHL, so watching him work for a full hour with Aidelbaum was a bit intriguing. What gives? What could he possibly learn at age 29 after eight NHL seasons and two in the American Hockey League?

"I'm certainly not the fastest and quickest guy in the NHL but I'm trying to be," Hamhuis said with a laugh.