Perhaps Jannik Hansen has finally heard the last of those cracks from his teammates about being a great practice player.
Hansen seems to be the antithesis of Allen Iverson, the former NBA player whose anti-practice rant became a You-Tube classic.
Hansen has always seemed to thrive in practice. You could fill a highlight reel with some of the goals Hansen has scored during practice.
Many of them have come against goalie Roberto Luongo, who joked about Hansen's practice prowess on Monday.
"Best in the league," Luongo said. "Luckily, this year he's not scoring in practice, but he's scoring in games. That's a good change of pace for us."
Hansen's goal in Sunday night's 5-1 win over the Calgary Flames was his seventh of the season. That's just two shy of his career-high of nine, which is what he scored in each of the past two seasons.
Considering that we are not even one-third of the way through the season, the 25-year-old Dane...
Add Jannik Hansen to the list of Canucks who've chosen chasing a title in Vancouver over chasing the money.
The tenacious, but goal-starved, Hansen avoided arbitration by signing a three-year, $4.05-million deal which makes him one of the better values on the team.
"It's nice to come into a familiar room where you feel at home," he said.
Some may suggest Hansen's side crumbled at the negotiating table just before today's scheduled arbitration hearing.
They may say he blinked in accepting the Canucks' final multi-year offer, instead of riding this out for the next two years before he could have become an unrestricted free agent.
But that's not how he sees it. "The main thing was to make sure I got a deal that was a little longer. Those numbers are what we were aiming for and if it could be on a three-year deal it would be something we would take in an instant," he said.
"If you want to be...
Jannik Hansen isn't the first Vancouver Canuck, and probably won't be the last, to sound a little like Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz.
Hansen is just the latest to discover that there's no place like home, or at least there's no hockey home like Vancouver.
On Thursday, he joined an ever-growing list of Canucks to take a little less and do his part for the greater good of the team.
Like those before him - the Sedin twins, Ryan Kesler, Alex Burrows and Kevin Bieksa - Hansen likely left some money on the table when he signed a three-year, $4.05-million deal that averages out to $1.35 million a season.
Hansen also forgoes a year of unrestricted free agency by signing for three years.
He said he wanted the security of a long-term deal and also very much wanted to remain with the Canucks, the only professional organization he's ever known.
"It's nice to get the three years and not have to...
Jannik Hansen's first NHL point came four years ago in the playoffs, not the regular season, and it made a little history.
The assist he drew on a Jan Bulis goal in Game 3 of a first-round series against the Dallas Stars, - yes, our Vancouver Sun bloggers would be happy to know he did indeed pass it to Bulis - was the first point registered by a Danish citizen in a NHL playoff game.
Hansen is hoping to make a little more history for his homeland in these playoffs, but really would rather not talk about that.
"It's a different goal for this year," says a smiling Hansen, who insists he hasn't even thought about hoisting the Stanley Cup in Copenhagen.
"Right now, it's San Jose and we'll take that later if it comes," he said Monday after the Canucks' optional practice at Rogers Arena.
Right now, the Canucks have a 1-0 lead on San Jose in their best-of-seven Western...
Look up his career stats, 15 goals in 107 NHL games entering this season, and you might think 'Hmmph, not much of a player.'
Raffi Torres did when Canucks general manager Mike Gillis told him, after signing the free-agent winger last summer, that he'd be playing with Jannik Hansen on the other side, with Manny Malhotra in the middle.
"In the summer, when I was talking to Mike about coming here, he mentioned it might be me, Jannik and Manny playing together," Torres said Monday. "I knew Manny, obviously, but I didn't know much about Jannik, very little.
"So I looked up his stats and it scared me a little bit when I saw his numbers."
Torres was chuckling, but it's understandable he didn't know what he was getting into.
Like most players who arrive to play in Vancouver, however, there's a lot to appreciate about the quiet Dane once you see him in action up close and personal.
"Playing with him...