The Vancouver Canucks and forward Jannik Hensen have agreed to a 4-year contract extension worth $10 million. The extension will take effect after this season, as Hensen still has one year left on his current deal.
Hensen, 27, had a pretty good season with the Canucks last year. In just 47 games last season, Hensen had 10 goals and 17 assists. The late round draft pick back in 2004 has had just 50 goals and 81 assists in a 318 game span.
Stats aside, Hensen is just happy to stay with the team he’s been playing his whole career. In an article for the Vancouver Sun, the Dane had this to say,
I’ve never hidden the fact I like it here. It was something that I was hopeful they’d be willing to do – and getting it done before the season starts was big, too.
New coach John Tortorella is also very impressed with Hensen, and thinks he will help greatly in the future with all aspects of the puck. According to the article, Torts said,
He impresses me, he’s a utility guy in my eyes. He can play power play, he can kill penalties and be used in a lot of different roles. I think he needs to understand a little bit how we play defense but he’s had a good camp.