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Vancouver, B.C. - Vancouver Canucks President & General Manager Mike Gillis announced today that the Canucks have signed right wing Jannik Hansen to a three-year contract.
Hansen, 25, recorded 29 points (9-20-29) and 32 penalty minutes in 82 games played in 2010.11, setting career season highs in games played (82), assists (20), points (29) and plus/minus (+13). The Herlev, Denmark, native also led the team in hits (149) and won the Fred J. Hume Award as the team’s “Unsung Hero.” In 25 playoff games, he collected nine points (3-6-9) and 18 penalty minutes.
Update 2:21pm PT: CapGeek notes the contract is for $1.35 million per year.
The injury to Manny Malhotra is first and foremost a terrible event for he and his family, and we all certainly hope for a quick and complete recovery for his sake. But from a hockey standpoint, it presents a very serious challenge to the Canucks as well.
For one thing, it’s fair to say that stats in the faceoff circle are a concern. Though maybe help could come from an unexpected source? Gordon McIntyre at The Province finds a willing ego to step up to tackle the problem:
“We’re deep on defence,” Bieksa said. “I don’t know how deep we are at centre. I just beat half the forwards out there on faceoffs after practice.”
Shudder. (But he’s kidding. You hope.) But then again, who is going to fill Malhotra’s skates?
Prior to yesterday’s game against the Ducks, John Shorthouse predicted Cory Schneider’s shutout. Did you? Probably not. He’s just smarter than you.
On the other hand, if Sportsnet made a habit of posting video on the front page of their site pointing out all the times they were wrong about stuff, it’d be more impressive. (God knows, I’ve paid the price for plenty of my erroneous predictions over the years.)
[Updates Below—Ducks goalie Dan Ellis offers his assessment of the Canucks]
The Vancouver Canucks are pleased to announce the launch of the “7th Canuck” initiative to celebrate the passion of Canucks fans and their role in supporting the team over the years. Prior to each home game, one individual will act as an ambassador of Canucks fans and unveil the “7th Canuck” banner to symbolize the home-ice advantage Canucks fans provide to the team.
A great idea and a nice gesture—but there was still a bit of confusion out there.
Last April, Vancouver finished the 2007-08 season with a dreary 7-1 loss to the Calgary Flames. This year they opened their new season by returning the favor, handing the Flames a 6-0 beating.
The pre-game ceremony honoring Luc Bourdon was emotional (as expected) and a well done affair by the Canucks. And Tom Cochrane’s Big League was the perfect tribute. (You can watch the video the Canucks produced here; to see the whole ceremony at GM Place, go here and fast forward about 2 minutes).
It was a bit of an emotional-overload transitioning from that to watching a hockey game, but once we did, what a great game it was. Here are some meandering observations:
Coincidence or cosmic bad humor? Earlier today Roberto Luongo was named captain of the Vancouver Canucks, rather against the odds. Which made it a pretty good day for the celebrated goalie—except for this:
On the same day that the Vancouver Canucks named him team captain, Luongo suffered a minor groin injury during practice.
Luongo suffered the injury after colliding with forward Jannik Hansen.
Poor Louie. It’s possible that being captain of the Canucks has a curse something close to being featured on the cover of an EA Sports video game.
Luongo will be out for the next game, which is “precautionary” says TSN.
In other news, Jannik Hansen will probably be hiding in his locker until the building clears.
The Vancouver Canucks made their final roster moves on Monday, setting their opening night roster of 24 players.
Heading down to the AHL’s Manitoba Moose are D Luc Bourdon, RW Mike Brown, RW Patrick Coulombe, RW Jannik Hansen, RW Michael Grabner, LW Jason Jaffray, and C Rick Rypien. Also on Monday, the Canucks released D Dan McGillis.
McGillis was with the team since mid-September for a professional tryout. Some of the others we can certainly expect to see again over the season. (And probably fairly soon, if the Canucks continue their recent pace of landing in the hospital…)
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