Just days after sending veteran winger Alex Burrows to Ottawa, Vancouver has shipped out another long-serving forward.
Per TSN, the Sharks are believed to be sending winger Nikolay Goldobin — the club’s first-round pick (27th overall) at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft — and a conditional fourth-round pick to Vancouver.
Update: It’s official.
“Jannik is a versatile, gritty player who plays with speed and is talented on both sides of the puck,” Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said in a statement. “We think he is a perfect fit for the style of our team, which has earned the right for us to make this move and add to our NHL roster as we push towards the playoffs.”
Hansen, 30, has been a coveted asset heading into tomorrow’s trade deadline. A versatile speedster that can score — 22 goals last year, 16 the year prior — he has one year remaining on a deal with a relatively modest $2.5 million cap hit.
Hansen, who has spent his entire nine-year career in Vancouver, had a partial no-trade clause, which called for an eight-team list to be submitted. Earlier, he confirmed that 6-7 teams on said list were playoff-bound clubs, with one being of the “personal” variety.
The Danish winger should be a really nice addition for the Sharks. He can play up and down the lineup, and will make the team even faster — something that’s of vital importance. San Jose head coach Peter DeBoer has mentioned on several occasions that he thought the team was fast last year… until it faced (and lost to) Pittsburgh in the Stanley Cup Final.
Hansen’s campaign has been derailed by injury, limiting him to just 28 games, but he’s since returned to health and was playing regularly prior to tonight.
Because this is the trade deadline, the price to acquire Hansen was steep. Goldobin has been a terrific scorer with the AHL Barracuda this year, with 15 goals and 41 points in 46 games.
“Nikolay is a gifted offensive player with good hands and good release on his shot,” Benning said. “His play away from the puck has improved this year in the American League and we believe with his skillset and continued development, he has the ability to become a valuable member of our team.”
As for the conditions on that fourth-round pick?