Canucks photocopy Chris Higgins’ contract, give it to Jannik Hansen

Jannik Hansen has had a pretty good September. In five preseason games, the winger put up four points (2 goals, 2 assists). He also saw quite a bit of time with the Sedins as John Tortorella explored his options with a new roster, and Hansen showed well enough that he’s likely to be deployed there on occasion come the regular season. Furthermore, he somehow managed to take the only good headshot on picture day. And, on Sunday, the Canucks gave him 10 million dollars. As months go, I’d say that’s pretty okay.

Capping off a weirdly busy weekend that also saw the acquisition of forwards Zac Dalpe and Jeremy Walsh from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for Kellan Tochkin (the second-best Kellan in Vancouver’s system) and a fourth-round pick, the Canucks announced a four-year contract extension for Hansen that would pay him $2.5 million a season.

It’s identical to the contract that Chris Higgins received in back in April (although, sadly, while they replicated the deal, they didn’t give us another uncomfortable signing video).

This makes a lot of sense. It’s Sunday morning, for one thing. Why take the time to draw up a new contract when you can photocopy the old one? The football games are starting.

For another, Hansen and Higgins bring very similar things to the Canucks. Ideally, they’re third-line checking wingers, and when the entire Canucks’ roster is healthy, that’s where they both slot in. But in the case of injuries, both are capable of moving up to the second line, and even the first alongside the Sedins. You can’t put a price on that kind of versatility.

Well, yes you can. $20 million over the next four years.

It’s a more than reasonable price. At 27, Hansen is in the prime of his career, and he’s increased his point per game totals every season since 2009. It’s highly likely that continues this year and Hansen cracks 40 points for the first time in his career. He could even surpass 50.

With production like that, not to mention his stellar forechecking prowess that will likely stand out even more in John Tortorella’s aggressive system, it’s probable that he left over a half a million on the table by forgoing the open market.

But that’s okay. Mike Gillis mentioned stability in explaining for the deal, and as a new father to twins, you can see why Hansen might have wanted that over a little more money elsewhere. Unsurprisingly, Hansen negotiated a limited no-trade clause into the deal.

Or maybe, more important than stability or money is the opportunity to be the first Canuck to win three unsung hero trophies? Granted, once you’ve won two, I think it’s safe to say you’ve been officially sung, but dammit, the honey badger don’t care.

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9 comments

  1. wookiepie
    September 29, 2013

    I’m glad honey badger is sticking around, helluva versatile player and a forechecking beast! HE DON’T CARE NOR GIVE A SHIT!

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  2. Naturalmystic
    September 29, 2013

    10 goals, 18 assists, 28 points this season is my prediction.

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    • Chris the Curmudgeon
      September 29, 2013

      2.7 troll posts per Canucks loss is my prediction for you this season.

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    • Daniel Wagner
      September 29, 2013

      You do realize that’s just one assist short of his point totals from last season in which he played just 47 games, right? I mean, saying something ridiculous like that just makes your trolling less effective. Effective trolling requires a dose of reality, though hyperbole can certainly be used.

      Don’t worry, we’ll help you become a real troll someday.

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      • mb13
        September 30, 2013

        How is making a prediction (which may or may not happen) being a troll?

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    • Neil B
      September 30, 2013

      Here, let me show you how it’s done, properly:

      “Jannik Hansen has a career year in 2013-14, playing the majority of his season on the Sedins wing and scoring 15 goals and a career-best 42 points. Unfortunately, this ‘success’ actually ends up depriving the Sedins of a checker who can actually hit people (Kassin) or a shooter who can actually hit the back of the net (Burrows) and the Sedins post 5-year lows for goals & points, leading the Canucks to a 9th-place finish in the conference.”

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      • Neil B
        September 30, 2013

        For the record, 80 gp, 19-27-46, playing mostly on Kesler’s off wing, with a mostly-healthy Booth on the right. His speed, physicality, and ability to protect the puck complements the other wingers, leading to a highly-effective second line producing low-1st line numbers.

        Canucks hold to their 3-year average and earn more points against Pacific division foes than any other Pacific division team; and their predatory production levels against Eastern teams leads the Nucks to first in the division & second in the conference, behind the Chi Hawks.

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  3. Chris the Curmudgeon
    September 29, 2013

    I like almost everything about Hansen’s game, but man his finishing ability is really weak. If he could only add some puck skills to his repertoire he has the other tools to be an effective top 6 guy. As it is, this is a pretty smart signing. Hansen, more than anything, is a player you can count on in all situations. Occasional top 6 appearances, steady 3rd line presence, even strength, PK, ends of games, etc.

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  4. Mitch
    September 29, 2013

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9IxdE90sPc

    Little bit of Jannik Hansen?

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