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The Vancouver Canucks signed winger Jannik Hansen through the 2017-18 campaign with a contract worth $10 million. (QMI AGENCY PHOTO)
A day after adding depth to their lineup via trade, the Vancouver Canucks locked up one of their more versatile forwards to a four-year deal.
The team signed winger Jannik Hansen through the 2017-18 campaign with a contract worth $10 million as the Dane was set to become a unrestricted free agent next summer. He is in the final season of a three-year deal with a cap hit of $1.35 million.
The 27-year-old had 27 points during the shortened season, his sixth with the Canucks after being drafted by the team in the seventh round in 2004.
The signing comes after Vancouver pulled off a trade with the Carolina Hurricanes late Saturday, acquiring right winger Zac Dalpe and centre Jeremy Welsh in exchange for prospect Kellan Tochkin and a fourth rounder in 2014.
Dalpe, who spent the 2007-08 season with the BCHL's Penticton Vees, was drafted in the second round by Carolina in 2008. The 23-year-old from Paris, Ont., who has 10 points in 41 NHL games, was a player the Canucks have "been tracking for a couple of years," according to general manager Mike Gillis.
Meanwhile, Welsh — a 25-year-old from Bayfield, Ont. — has just six NHL games under his belt, but brings a 6-foot-3, 200-pound frame to the Canucks lineup.
The acquisition likely means prospects Bo Horvat — who did not practise Sunday — and Hunter Shinkaruk are on their way back to their junior teams after a commendable pre-season effort.
The Canucks must submit their opening-night 23-man roster by Monday, ahead of their first game of the season Thursday against the San Jose Sharks.