Jannik Hansen’s versatility was rewarded Sunday when the Vancouver Canucks announced the winger has signed a four-year, $10-million US contract extension. He would have become an unrestricted free agent next summer and is on the final year of a deal that pays $1.35 million.
Hansen, 27, also gets a limited no-trade clause as the Canucks lock up another veteran. Chris Higgins signed the same extension last season and in both cases the club knows what it has.
When Hansen’s wife, Karen, gave birth to twin boys Lucas and Daniel — born early at 29 weeks on March 3 in Vancouver — the winger was able to be at the hospital and still catch the team’s snow-delayed charter to Calgary.
The sleep-deprived Dane then scored in a 4-2 loss to the Flames. Quite the journey for a ninth-round draft pick who had 10 goals and 27 points in 47 games in the lockout-shortened season.
“You have a little extra to prove when you...