Hannikainen reportedly settled his immigration issues Thursday and is expected to be in Columbus for training camp Friday, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports. It was originally believed that Hannikainen wasn't going to be available for the start of training camp, but it seems he was able to find a way to settle his issues and be present for the start of camp. The Finn recorded four goals and three assists over 44 games last year. Now Hannikainen will be able to use his extra time on the ice to cement a bottom-six role heading into the 2019-20 season.
Hannikainen will miss the start of training camp due to immigration issues, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports. It's unlikely this problem will extend beyond more than a few days, but any time off the ice could impact Hannikainen's chances of cementing a spot in the lineup for Opening Night versus Toronto on Oct. 4. The Finnish winger tallied four goals and three helpers in 44 games last year, but will face challenges for ice time from Alexandre Texier, Eric Robinson and Jakob Lilja. Still, Hannikainen should have the inside track on a bottom-six role heading into the 2019-20 campaign.
Hannikainen signed a one-year, $735,000 extension with the Blue Jackets on Monday, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports. Hannikainen notched four goals and seven points during 44 regular-season contests during the 2018-19 campaign. The 26-year-old Finn will likely slot into a bottom-six role again next season.
Hannikainen (illness) was removed from injured reserve Sunday. The depth winger missed the last five games with his ailment and hasn't scored a point since Dec. 1. With the team's recent additions of Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingel, Hannikainen will likely be a healthy scratch most nights.
Hannikainen (illness) has been ruled out for Friday's matchup with the Senators, Tom Reed of The Athletic reports. It was reported Thursday that Hannikainen was healthy and ready to play in Friday's game, with the Finn logging a practice with Brandon Dubinsky and Riley Nash. Of course, the change of plans could be a moot point, as the winger hasn't registered a point in 24 consecutive games, and there probably isn't a fantasy following here anyway.
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