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Canucks hold Hansen out of Monday’s game, call for more tests


VANCOUVER, BC - DECEMBER 13: Jannik Hansen #36 of the Vancouver Canucks skates with the puck during NHL action against the New York Rangers at Rogers Arena on December 13, 2014 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)

Rich Lam

The Vancouver Canucks are erring on the side of safety with Jannik Hansen, opting to put him through further tests instead of allowing him to play against the Arizona Coyotes on Monday.

Here is the full Canucks release:

In the process of reviewing Hansen’s test results the Vancouver Canucks in consultation with specialists have determined that further evaluation is required before he is cleared to play. Despite all tests being reported as normal, additional tests were ordered in the best interests of Hansen’s health and safety. As a result, Hansen will not dress in the Canucks game versus Arizona tonight.

The 28-year-old collapsed on the Canucks bench this weekend, and even though he jokingly described it as “taking a quick nap,” Vancouver seems to be leaning on the safe side with this situation.

Here’s video of that frightening moment:

Vancouver’s schedule is friendly to Hansen getting back on his feet, as the Canucks don’t play again until Sunday and only has three more games (tonight included) in 2014. Even if there are some setbacks, it wouldn’t cost him or his team too many nights.

Hansen has eight goals and 13 points in 32 games so far this season.