Jannik Hansen learns nothing from Dale Weise, opts to challenge himself in Finland

Good news and bad news, friends.

The good news is that the content of this blog, which has been Dale Weise-centric for the last week or so, will finally see some sweet variety: Jannik Hansen has become the second Vancouver Canuck to say “nuts to this noise” and opt to play out the lockout overseas.

The bad news is that Hansen has signed not with a team in the Danish league as some had expected, but with Tappara of SM-liiga, the Finnish Elite League.

Now, maybe this isn’t bad news to you, but when you run a super-juvenile hockey blog, the news that Hansen’s jersey won’t feature any advertising from the amusingly-named, Danish government-owned DONG Energy company (shown above) is a disappointment.

We regretfully inform you that there is no Dong Energy in Finland. Although I guess this Finnish print ad slyly suggests otherwise:

Speaking of getting some action, that’s Hansen’s entire motivation for heading to Tampere, the city in Southern Finland where Tappara operates.

“I get a chance to play some hockey, that’s what it’s all about,” he told radio station CKWX.

And, to further illustrate how not about the money it is, Hansen won’t be making any. Tappara (which means “Battle Axe” in Finnish, by the way) will be covering his insurance costs and that’s it.

Frankly, if I were Hansen, I’d have held out for a season’s pass to the Tampere Spy Museum, at least. It’s Europe’s only museum of international espionage! Now he’ll have to pay out of pocket if he wants to find the secret room, crack the museum safe, or test his fortitude by entering the the pitch-dark “espionage tunnel”.

While we’re on the subject of Hansen being tested, now seems like a good time to mention that, unlike Dale “13 points in 4 games” Weise and his adventures in the Netherlands on a team that’s outscored its opponents 30-5 since he got there, Hansen has chosen a league that will likely challenge him a little. As Thomas Drance points out, the Finnish Elite League is a competitive league on its own merit, but it’s also full of NHLers right now, thanks to the lockout and the clustercuss that is the Swedish Elite League.

Hansen will make his debut Thursday, and if you’re waffling on whether or not to keep track of him out there in Fennoscandia, consider that Hansen becomes an uncontrollably, fisticuff-loving lunatic the moment he crosses the ocean.

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6 comments

  1. Nee
    October 30, 2012

    Thats a bit odd that he’s not even being paid.

    On another note, I’m a bit worried about all the players we have drifting around here in Vancouver. They must be getting reallyyyy rusty by this point. And I think this is the traditional Canuck fan pessimism talking, but I’m beginning to worry that we’re going to play pretty poorly when the season finally starts, due to most of our players having not played competitive hockey for a good 6+ months (7 months if you count the LA series!).

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    • Abby
      October 30, 2012

      Yup, that’s traditional Canuck pessimism. And we’re all feeling the same way.

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  2. Frank N
    October 31, 2012

    I would say he is optimistic. After all he expects there to be a hockey season!

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  3. akidd
    October 31, 2012

    funny, i don’t think it’s by accident or loyalty that the canucks decided not to play competitively during the lockout. the corps of the team is not young and they’ve logged a lot of miles and games the past few years. this ‘rest’ is about the best present a canuck fan could ask for. sure, if the season ever starts they’ll be rusty out of the gate and then some but barring the disaster of not making the playoffs, they will have legs when legs really count.

    it does make sense for the youngish, healthy hansen to keep developing though. if raymond had not broken his back the same would go for him. the rest who need to play are playing in the AHL or junior.

    mend, canucks, mend. how else is a west coast team gonna get the shiny thing? whoops, thanks again, kings, for raising the excuse bar.

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  4. RG
    October 31, 2012

    Point #1: Who cares if the Canucks are rusty if/when a regular season starts? They just have to squeak into the play-offs. Look at how beneficial the President’s Trophy has been doing us the last couple years.

    Point #2: Willie Mitchell and James Reimer are also with our boys, so they won’t be the only ones rusty. And I would love to see the Kings and Leafs lose a few.

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  5. J21 (@Jyrki21)
    November 1, 2012

    If not getting any money, I would make weekly beers with Jyrki Lumme a condition of any signing with a Tampere-based team.

    But I guess I *am* “Jyrki21″.

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