Winger Jannik Hansen avoided salary arbitration by signing a three-year, $4.05 million contract with the Vancouver Canucks Thursday.
Hansen, who had a career-best nine goals and 20 assists in 82 games last season, was scheduled to have his arbitration hearing Friday. The 25-year-old Dane went to arbitration last summer and was awarded a one-year, $825,000 deal.
"The main thing was to make sure I got a deal that was a little longer," Hansen said during a conference call. "I was looking for something more than one year. Once we figured that one out, it was more a matter of getting the numbers in.² In 189 career NHL games with the Canucks, Hansen has 24 goals and 41 assists.
Of the 22 players scheduled to go to arbitration this summer, just one has his hearing. Defenceman Chris Campoli had his hearing but that was a formality since the Chicago Blackhawks had already decided to walk away from the ruling.