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Breaking: NHL veteran of 600+ games reportedly signs in KHL

Wow… who saw this coming?! Hard to believe he couldn’t get a new deal in free agency.

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According to an unverified, third party report from anonymous hockey insider Vorky, NHL veteran Jannik Hansen is set to sign a one year deal with CSKA Moscow of the KHL.

UPDATE: 

The previous unconfirmed report has now been confirmed by KHL insider and well respected Russian journalist Aivis Kalnins.

Jannick Hansen signs a one-year deal with CSKA Moscow.

The 32 year old Hansen has had a rough couple seasons since being acquired by the San Jose Sharks from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for prospect Nikolay Goldobin. Hansen managed just two goals and 14 points in 46 games for the Sharks last season and was a frequent healthy scratch. 

That’s a far cry from his career high of 22 goals and 38 points in 67 games during the 2015-16 season where he played mostly on a line with Canucks forwards Henrik and Daniel Sedin. Over the course of his NHL career, Hansen has managed 109 goals and 256 points in 626 career games.

The native of Rodovre, Denmark was originally in the 9th round (287th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft and experienced 11 seasons of success in Vancouver before joining the Sharks organization. Hansen was expected to be an impact player for the Sharks when he was acquired at the 2017 Trade Deadline, but he quickly fell out of favor with head coach Pete DeBoer. Ditto for fellow Danish countryman Mikkel Boedker. The Danish pair were unable to find any chemistry together, despite being close friends and workout partners off the ice.

Boedker, as it turns out, is also no longer with the Sharks organization as he was shipped to the Ottawa Senators as part of Doug Wilson’s genius Mike Hoffman trade.  

As for Hansen, it would appear as if his NHL days are now over. He leaves the NHL as the third highest scoring Danish player of all time following Boedker and Detroit Red Wings forward Frans Nielsen. Having said that, Winnipeg Jets forward Nikolaj Ehlers looks on pace to far surpass any other Dane’s NHL scoring totals.

So long, Jannik. All the best in the KHL and thanks for the memories.