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Demoting NHL Players to the Minors

January 7th, 2009 · 49 Comments

NHL Teams Demoting Players - Real Benefits?

Not a new topic, but a somewhat common occurence in the NHL today. Taking advantage, if you have structured your organization well, of younger players that can freely move between the NHL and minor league. Great for injuries, terrible when you lose an asset with nothing to show for it in return.

The Vancouver Canucks are a good example of this, having picked up Kyle Wellwood on waivers and lost out later on in the year. Now the team has sent down Jannik Hansen to make room for Mats Sundin. Or, was it for another reason?

Vancouver Canucks demote Jannik Hansen

Most likely another reason, as the team could have made room otherwise. Hansen was the odd man out here, as Bolduc was needed at center on the 4th line and Brown is assumed to be ripe for the taking should he be made available on waivers.

Will Hansen be back in the NHL this year? We at StretchPass.com believe he will — he is a good energy player that skates well and can put the puck in the net when needed. He, along with Ryan Kesler and Alex Burrows, were a great 3rd line for the Canucks at the start of the season.

Canucks.com forum thread on Hansen

The Canucks.com forum — which can be found here has a good thread on this demotion. Go ahead and see what Canucks fans have to say about Hansen being sent down to the minors.

Slow day around the NHL, waiting to catch a few “Sundin” shifts during the Edmonton Oilers - Vancouver Canucks game tonight. Thank you NHL Gamecenter.

Stretchpass.com Team

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