Canucks Hansen files for arbitration while team signs veteran Ebbett

VANCOUVER – Vancouver Canucks forward Jannik Hansen filed for salary arbitration Tuesday, the same day the team added more depth at centre by signing veteran Andrew Ebbett to a contract.

Hansen, 25, is coming off his best season as a Canuck where he scored nine goals and had 20 assists in 82 games. He also had three goals and nine points in 25 playoff games as Vancouver advanced to the Stanley Cup final.

The six-foot-one, 192-pound native of Herlev, Denmark, was a key member of the Canucks’ third line and is a good penalty killer.

Hansen took Vancouver to arbitration last season and was awarded US$825,000.

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The Canucks and Hansen can still reach an agreement on a contract prior to the arbitration hearing.

Ebbett, 28, played in 33 games for the Phoenix Coyotes last year, collecting two goals and three assists. He agreed to a US$525,000 deal with Vancouver.

The five-foot-nine, 174-pound Calgary native has played parts of four seasons with Anaheim, Chicago, Minnesota and Phoenix. In 145 career games, Ebbett has recorded 41 points (19-22) and 38 penalty minutes.

Vancouver already has centres Henrik Sedin, Ryan Kesler, Manny Malhotra, Cody Hodgson and Maxim Lapierre under contract.