The Vancouver Canucks today announced the re-signing of winger Jannik Hansen to a four-year contract extension. Financial terms weren’t disclosed, but TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports it is an average annual salary of $2.5 million.

Canucks re-sign Jannik Hansen to 4-year extension.

Canucks re-sign Jannik Hansen to 4-year extension.

 SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hansen, 27, was eligible to become an unrestricted free agent next summer. He’s entering the final season of a three-year contract at a cap hit of $1.35 million per season, so he’s getting a nice bump in salary on this new deal.

He’s become a versatile play-maker for the Canucks, possessing good speed, two-way skills and can play both wings.

For a club in transition attempting to restock for the future while remaining competitive now, the Canucks needed to keep a player like Hansen in the fold.