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.Tags: Jannik Hansen, Lockout