Is there room on the roster for Hansen?
According to a Danish website, the Vancouver Canucks have offered Jannik Hansen a new two-way contract; however, Hansen is looking for a one-way deal.
Hansen was one of only 4 Canucks given a qualifying offer – O’Brien (since signed to a 1-year, $1.6 million deal), Wellwood (going arbitration) and McIver are the others – is obviously a sign that the team wants him back. The above-mentioned piece even provides a quote from Canucks GM Mike Gillis (rough translation from Google):
There’s no limit to how far Jannik Hansen can go. With his quick skating and ability to go straight to the net, he has the potential to be a top player in the NHL. His own work will determine how far he goes.
The piece sounds rosy and all, though I’m not sure Hansen has cemented a spot on the Canucks roster enough to think that this deal will be done. At least not with the Canucks anyway.
Hansen doesn’t have much leverage. He had a good start to last season (31 GP, 4G-13A-17P before Christmas), but frequently found himself in the press box near the end of it (24 GP, 2G-2A-4P after Christmas). In the process, Kyle Wellwood and Rick Rypien passed him on the depth chart. With Cody Hodgson, Michael Grabner, and perhaps to a lesser extent, Jordan Schroeder also making a push to make the team next season, Hansen’s contract talks with Gillis may very much come down to a numbers game. Unfortunately for Hansen, the numbers don’t stack well in his favor. I doubt Hansen is the kind of guy Aquilini would want to be paying NHL bucks to play in the AHL – as would be the case on a one-way deal – and without arbitration rights, he may well have to bite the bullet or realize his potential for another organization.