Vancouver Canucks forward Jannik Hansen has signed an extension with Tappara of SM-liiga in Finland and will remain with the team for the rest of the season or until the National Hockey League lockout ends.
Hansen has five goals and nine assists in 16 games and his original contract ran out after Christmas. Interestingly, Hansen has signed an extension at a time when many players are leaving their European teams.
Ottawa Senators defenceman Erik Karlsson has returned to Sweden to wait for an end to the lockout. Boston Bruins centre Patrice Bergeron will return to North America after participating in the Spengler Cup. Bruins forward David Krejci, Edmonton Oilers forward Ales Hemsky, and Detroit Red Wings defenseman Jakub Kindl have also left their European team. Phoenix Coyotes Lauri Korpikoski, Radim Vrbata, and Rostislav Klesla have all returned to Phoenix.
The NHL made a new proposal to its Players’ Association and there is renewed optimism for an end to the lockout. The proposal calls for an agreement by January 11, training camp between January 12 and 18, and the season opener on January 19.