Jannik Hansen to miss 4-6 weeks with a knee injury

The Canucks were dealt another blow to their already depleted roster today. According to a Jay Janower report, Jannik Hansen will be out four-to-six weeks to rehabilitate a knee injury suffered in a December 22nd contest against the Winnipeg Jets.

The good news, as Janower was keen to point out, was that the Danish right winger will avoid surgery. Hansen suffered the injury on a late hit by Jets forward Matthieu Perrault in the second period of that December 22nd contest. Hansen didn’t return to that game and hasn’t played since.

Perrault received a two-minute minor on the play for kneeing and avoided any further discipline — not even a hearing or a fine. In the aftermath, Hansen tried to engage with Perrault and both received minor roughing penalties for their troubles.

Hansen is ninth on the Canucks in scoring in spite of playing half as many games as most of his teammates. He has nine points this season, split relatively evenly with five goals and four assists.

The Canucks locker room didn’t receive the hit well, and when asked to comment on the hit after the game didn’t hold back. Henrik Sedin said in plain language that it was a dirty hit, and the exact type that the league should be trying to remove from the game.

  • wojohowitz

    Dirty hits come from lack of respect and where does lack of respect come from – no push back and why do the Canucks never push back – because they`ve got Dorset and Guddy – both injured. Bieksa demanded respect but this bunch. Henrik won`t admit it but he has taken a lot of cheap shots over the years that should not have happened – from lack of respect.

  • Roy

    Intent to hurt is different than intent to injure. That was a deliberate and malevolent late knee on knee, and once again the NHL shows its true colours as utterly bush league when it comes to discipline.

    The NHL needs to completely overhaul its disciplinary protocol. Not only do we need Hansen to be remotely competitive, his trade value is worthless atm and less when he returns. And not even a fine…?! Disgusting.

  • Tara

    I have said this a thousand times Andrey Pedan! You can lose a bunch of meaningless games but you can never ever lose the war! Characters are built during wartime not scoring goals!

    • Bud Poile

      Fans here complain endlessly about Dorsett and Guddy,yet both are seasoned NHL veterans that can play heavy minutes every night.

      Pedan has two handfuls of NHL games experience,is a defensive liability and yet fans want to insert him into an NHL lineup today to become the enforcer?

      • Jamie E

        Agreed Bud. There is no “one guy” who will solve the problem the Canucks have with team toughness. They need more truculence throughout the lineup and more people who INITIATE physical play, rather than retaliating and taking penalties doing so. In today’s NHL that means guys with size and really good wheels, who can get in on the forecheck and deliver a heavy, clean bodycheck ala Michael Ferland and not get there 5 seconds late, like Derek Dorsett. If they are skilled, major bonus.

        I want the Canucks to be the team DOING the pissing off, not getting pissed off and retaliating.

  • defenceman factory

    Hansen is a valuable player and perhaps a valuable asset in a trade. Either way I hope he mends quickly.

    This team has lots of issues, Pedan isn’t the solution to any of them. Bringing him up means sending someone else down. So unless we want to risk waivers it means either Tryamkin, Stecher or Hutton go to Utica.

    No doubt the Canucks need more grit but the problem would be far smaller if other teams were even a bit worried about the power play.