Tag:Jannik Hansen
Posted on: December 4, 2011 11:44 pm

Flames goalies Karlsson, Kiprusoff run into

By Brian Stubits

We had more goalies being run into on Sunday night. Of course it happened between two teams that don't like each other all that much (you could probably say that about any pair of Canadian teams).

With the Vancouver Canucks cruising 5-1 over the Calgary Flames in the third period, there was an unfortunate accident that took Flames goalie Henrik Karlsson out.

On the play the Canucks' Jannik Hansen was driving to the net and being chased by Tom Kostopoulos. Both guys eventually go down and Kostopulous slid right into Karlsson who immediately began grabbing at what appeared to be his knee. Karlsson left the game after the hit and limped toward the locker room.

This was just an unfortunate accident, a little friendly fire. Seemed to be nothing more than a freak play leaving a player perhaps injured, we'll know more later how seriously.

But then Miikka Kiprusoff came on to relieve Karlsson and, wouldn't you know it, he was run into too.

This time the hit was actually levied by an opponent as David Booth tried to cross in front of the crease but was held up by Joe Piskula and was left with nowhere else to go. So he ran into Kiprusoff.

Of course, a melee ensued. The Flames were already being beat and lost a goalie from a hit, so they took exception to this one. Plus, it really didn't look good for Booth, who seemed to follow through the impact high. Granted, it looks worse than it was, but with the heightened sense of protection around the goalies right now, it will raise some eyebrows.

You just know that this will remain a hot topic until something is done about it. What, I'm not entirely sure. But there is a lot of clamoring for clarification of the rules if nothing else. Soon they will be protected with the same ferocity that we see in football with the quarterbacks.

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Posted on: October 21, 2011 5:38 pm
Edited on: October 21, 2011 5:47 pm

Shea Weber fined, avoids suspension

By: Adam Gretz

Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber had to face Brendan Shanahan on Friday afternoon following his boarding penalty on Vancouver's Jannik Hansen during Thursday's game, a 5-1 loss for the Predators.

The loss, which was the latest in a stretch of performances that has produced a number of angry and brutally honest quotes from players and head coach Barry Trotz, appeared to be worse than the others because there was a belief that it was going to result in the short-term absence of their best player due to a possible suspension.

Well, Nashville at least has some good news on that front as Weber managed to avoid a suspension for the hit that drew a two-minute minor penalty early in the third period.

While Weber won't be forced to miss any games, he is going to take a small hit to his paycheck as the NHL did fine him $2,500 for the hit, which would seem to suggest that he probably won't be as fortunate when it comes to a suspension the next time he's in this situation.

Weber makes $7.5 million for this season.

More NHL Discipline News Here

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Posted on: October 21, 2011 11:53 am
Edited on: October 21, 2011 11:54 am

Shea Weber's hit on Hansen draws hearing with NHL

By Brian Stubits

Nashville Predators star defenseman Shea Weber might be the next player to experience the Shanahammer. He has been called to a hearing in front of Brendan Shanahan regarding his hit on Jannik Hansen of the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night. His hearing is set for 2 p.m. on Friday.

At 5:12 of the Preds' 5-1 loss, Weber was sent to the box for boarding Hansen and was also given an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on the play.

Have a look for yourselves.

Weber is not going to have much of a defense on this one. About the only thing going for him is that Hansen wasn't hurt on the play and it didn't seem to be an incredibly violent hit.

With that said, though, it was a lazy play from Weber. The puck passed Hansen by on the boards and is well past him by the time Weber arrives. Moreover, Hansen had his back to Weber for some time before the hit, which was delivered square to the back of the jersey.

I have no doubt Weber will be facing punishment from this hit in the form of a suspension. How long is anybody's guess, but the Predators sure hope not for long. They have a ship to get straightened.

Video courtesy of The Score

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Posted on: July 28, 2011 3:25 pm
Edited on: July 28, 2011 4:00 pm

Canucks avoid arbitration with unsung hero Hansen

By Brian Stubits

You can cancel another arbitration hearing off the list as Jannik Hansen and the Canucks have reached an agreement. The team announced the deal is for three years.

That means we have yet to have a true arbitration hearing and there are only three names left: Shea Weber, Zach Parise and Blake Comeau. The closest was Chris Campoli, but that was expedited after the Blackhawks announced they would walk away from the award before the hearing was even held and the process served as a formality.

Hansen was drafted by the Canucks in the ninth round back in 2004. The 25-year-old Dane has played in the NHL in four seasons, with last being his first full year with the Canucks. In 82 games, he tallied nine goals with 20 assists. In the playoffs he added three goals and six assists (and one paddle to the face).

Hansen, the first Danish player to record a point in a playoff game, received the Fred J. Hume Award as the team's unsung hero from the Canucks' booster club. He was one of the Canucks' best defensive forwards.

The sides are surely glad to avoid arbitration. They went through it last year when the Hansen was awarded a one-year, one-way deal worth $850,000, which the Canucks obviously accepted.

Photo: Getty Images

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Posted on: July 19, 2011 4:26 pm
Edited on: July 19, 2011 4:55 pm

Arbitration anticipation: Let the pain begin

By Brian Stubits

Nobody wants to go to arbitration. The next time you hear any involved party is excited for arbitration battles will be the first.

It can be dangerous. It can certainly be ugly. It is always contentious.

The nature of the best resembles part of Festivus with the Airing of Grievances. At least there are no Feats of Strength as an arbiter lays down the decision instead of the sides fighting it out. The involved parties are forced to justify their stance in the negotiations, resulting in teams putting down their own player. Not a desirable stance to have to take.

Because of the combative nature, the process has been known to cause strains in relationships between teams and players. It's exactly why teams try to avoid the process more fervently than someone looks to evade root canals.

For that reason arbitration meetings often times don't happen. It's amazing how much easier it is to strike a deal with a deadline speeding up the negotiations. Always worked that way for me to get book reports done in school; nothing like a deadline of two days away to read the first page.

So it is highly likely only a few of the names headed to arbitration will actually have their hearing. That goes for the two biggest names on the list, Shea Weber and Zach Parise. The Predators and Devils respectively will try and hammer out contracts before an arbiter gets to set the reward. This has happened to three players in the last day as the Jets avoided a hearing with Blake Wheeler, the Ducks with Andrew Cogliano and the Sabres with Andrej Sekera, all reaching new deals.

But there will still be hearings. Teddy Purcell and the Lightning will have their case heard tomorrow, the first day, along with Lauri Korpikovski and the Coyotes. The next case will be Brandon Dubinsky and the Rangers. All of those hearings should happen with the potential for the Rangers/Dubinsky battle to be a tough one seeing as the sides still seem to be pretty far apart.

Or you will have the cases where teams just walk away from the award. It happened last year with Clarke MacArthur in Atlanta and more notably with Antti Niemi in Chicago, the teams electing to let the player find another team than pay them the determined amount. It will happen again this year to a Blackhawks player as the team has already said it cannot afford to bring Chris Campoli back.

Last year in total five players got as far as the arbitration hearing. Three of those players' awards were not matched. Teams are only allowed to walk away in a situation where the player filed for arbitration and the reward is $1.7 million or more. Anything less than that and the player stays put, regardless.

Obviously the most interesting cases are those of Parise and Weber. They are both franchise players and are due for substantial raises. The case of Weber is particularly appealing since the signing of Drew Doughty in Los Angeles seems to be waiting for the precedent set by the future Weber contract.

With all of that as the background, here's a list of all the players who, as of now, are scheduled for their turns in the ol' testy tango of arbitration. Expect names to disappear from this list faster than Michael J. Fox in family photos.

Arbitration schedule
Date Player Team
July 20 Lauri Korpikoski Coyotes
July 20 Teddy Purcell Lightning
July 21 Brandon Dubinsky Rangers
July 28 Josh Gorges Canadiens
July 28 Ryan Callahan Rangers
July 29 Jannik Hansen Canucks
August 2 Shea Weber Predators
August 3 Chris Campoli Blackhawks
August 3 Zach Parise Devils
August 4 Mark Fraser Devils
August 4 Blake Comeau Islanders

Photo: Getty Images

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