Is there room on the roster for Hansen?

J.J. Guerrero

Founder and Executive Editor of Canucks Hockey Blog. Proud Canadian, hardcore Canucks fan. I would like nothing more than watching the Canucks win the Stanley Cup. Against the Leafs.

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  • http://jeremyhiebert.com Jeremy

    I like Hansen. He had a tough year, but some of that was just bad luck for him in terms of when he got injured and how the team was on their crazy streak when he got back. I think most of us would agree that he’s a better overall player than Rypien and I thought he was better than Wellwood and Pyatt when he was playing regularly.

    I suspect he’d never clear waivers to the Moose if he was on a one-way contract — a proven roster player who’s still so young would get snapped up in a second. There’s no way the team gives up on him now…he’s been one of their more successful recent prospects.

    As an RFA without arbitration rights, his only choices are to sign the qualifying offer or hold out, right? Why is there even a negotiation?

  • http://jeremyhiebert.com Jeremy

    I like Hansen. He had a tough year, but some of that was just bad luck for him in terms of when he got injured and how the team was on their crazy streak when he got back. I think most of us would agree that he’s a better overall player than Rypien and I thought he was better than Wellwood and Pyatt when he was playing regularly.

    I suspect he’d never clear waivers to the Moose if he was on a one-way contract — a proven roster player who’s still so young would get snapped up in a second. There’s no way the team gives up on him now…he’s been one of their more successful recent prospects.

    As an RFA without arbitration rights, his only choices are to sign the qualifying offer or hold out, right? Why is there even a negotiation?

  • http://canuckshockeyblog.com J.J. Guerrero

    Good point Jeremy. Actually, I forgot about Hansen’s playoff games so didn’t even take waivers into account. I can see the Leafs snapping him up pretty darn quick, which is maybe where some of the trade rumors are coming from.

    At this point of Hansen’s career, I doubt he would want to hold out. Especially after missing a bunch of games due to injuries and healthy scratches last season, it’s probably not best for his development to miss more.

    That they’re negotiating is a good sign. Like you said, Hansen doesn’t have a lot of options, but also consider that Gillis doesn’t want an asset (especially a young, proven roster player) to go to waste (i.e. hold out). If Gillis wants use of that asset, he’ll either have to sign Hansen or trade him.

    On the flip side, Hansen must give up something for the security of a one-way contract. Gillis has always stated that there is a price to everything – he mentioned this a lot with respect to giving up salary dollars in exchange for NTCs and NMCs – and I imagine he also has a price for a one-way deal. Whether it’s $$$ or term or both (kinda like Burrows’ previous contract), I guess we’ll see.

  • http://canuckshockeyblog.com J.J. Guerrero

    Good point Jeremy. Actually, I forgot about Hansen’s playoff games so didn’t even take waivers into account. I can see the Leafs snapping him up pretty darn quick, which is maybe where some of the trade rumors are coming from.

    At this point of Hansen’s career, I doubt he would want to hold out. Especially after missing a bunch of games due to injuries and healthy scratches last season, it’s probably not best for his development to miss more.

    That they’re negotiating is a good sign. Like you said, Hansen doesn’t have a lot of options, but also consider that Gillis doesn’t want an asset (especially a young, proven roster player) to go to waste (i.e. hold out). If Gillis wants use of that asset, he’ll either have to sign Hansen or trade him.

    On the flip side, Hansen must give up something for the security of a one-way contract. Gillis has always stated that there is a price to everything – he mentioned this a lot with respect to giving up salary dollars in exchange for NTCs and NMCs – and I imagine he also has a price for a one-way deal. Whether it’s $$$ or term or both (kinda like Burrows’ previous contract), I guess we’ll see.

  • Nickle

    Hansen has options….Europe is one. Getting a trade is another. I would not sign to a two-way deal if I was him, and Canucks would be silly to let him walk.

    I doubt you see him in a Canucks uniform next year.

  • Nickle

    Hansen has options….Europe is one. Getting a trade is another. I would not sign to a two-way deal if I was him, and Canucks would be silly to let him walk.

    I doubt you see him in a Canucks uniform next year.

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