Forward Jannik Hansen was traded to the San Jose Sharks by the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday for forward Nikolay Goldobin and a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft.
"They are a very good team that has a shot," Hansen said of the Sharks. "That part is extremely exciting to me. The other side of that coin is leaving [Vancouver]. I enjoyed playing here. My family likes it here. A lot of very good friends throughout the organization. So it's with a heavy heart that I'm leaving a place like this."
Hansen had 13 points (six goals, seven assists) in 28 games for the Canucks this season, missing time with a knee injury. The 30-year-old has one year remaining on his contract at an NHL salary-cap charge of $2.5 million.
"Excited to have him," San Jose coach Peter DeBoer said. "He was right at the top of our list when we started compiling the characteristics of what we felt we needed, a guy that played both ways, had speed, could kill penalties, could chip in some goals, could play with good players, had a long history in the playoffs, knew the Western Conference. All those boxes checked, and from a character point of view, the reports were fantastic as far as fitting in with our group. It looks good.
"We're excited to get him here. He's going to add to the group we already have, which is a group we're already excited about. It gives us a little more depth, a little more speed."
Hansen was scratched from and told he was traded during a 3-2 overtime loss to the Detroit Red Wings in Vancouver. He has 235 points (105 goals, 130 assists) in 565 NHL games, all with the Canucks, and scored an NHL career-high 22 goals last season.
"It's new challenges and new paths in my career. Once the dust settles and I get some sleep, I'm going to look forward to this," Hansen said. "I was happy it [happened] tonight and not when they were away, so I could say goodbye."
The Canucks on Monday traded veteran forward Alexandre Burrows to the Ottawa Senators for forward prospect Jonathan Dahlen.
"The last couple of days we have traded away from good Canucks players, but what we have tried to do is add scoring to our group, and I think we have added two future players that are going to score for us," Vancouver general manager Jim Benning said.
Goldobin, 21, was the No. 27 pick in the 2014 NHL Draft by San Jose. He has played two NHL games this season, and has one goal and one assist in 11 NHL games.
"He's a left shot, plays the right side, protects the puck good, is good around the net, good vision, good release on his shot," Benning said. "He's always been a goal-scorer."
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Vancouver plays at San Jose on Thursday. Goldobin will meet the Canucks there Wednesday.
"They are so deep in their top six that maybe he didn't get the opportunity there, but I think he is ready to take the next step to the NHL," Benning said. "… I think he is going to be an exciting player for our fans."
Hansen said he will be unable to play in that game because of paperwork issues.
DeBoer is not sure where Hansen will fit in the lineup.
"I haven't even thought about that yet," he said. "We'll get him here, and then that will all shake out over the next 20 games."
The NHL Trade Deadline is Wednesday at 3 p.m. ET.
NHL.com correspondents Eric Gilmore and Kevin Woodley contributed to this report.