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Colorado/Washington Trade

via Bob McKenzie tweet,

COL’s Scott Hannan has been traded to Washington Capitals. Details to follow


via Adrian Dater tweet,

Scott Hannnan for Tomas Fleischman

added 12:37pm,

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has acquired forward Tomas Fleischmann from the Washington Capitals in exchange for defenseman Scott Hannan.

Fleischmann, 26, has tallied 10 points (4g/6a) with a +3 plus/minus rating in 23 games for the Capitals this season.  In 2009-10, the Koprivnice, Czech Republic native set career highs in goals (23), assists (28) and points (51) in 69 games for Washington.

“First and foremost, I would like to thank Scott Hannan for his services to our organization and wish him the best,” said Avalanche General Manager/Executive Vice President Greg Sherman.  “In Tomas we are acquiring a top-six forward who is only 26 years old.  His addition will bolster our lineup immediately.”


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Am I wrong or did Hannan become an extra step slower about three seasons ago? He’s very physical, defensive and slow, right?

Posted by NathanBC on 11/30/10 at 02:33 PM ET

Mr. Fnytelhatt's avatar

Caps take on 2 mil salary, and Hannan is 5 years older. Can this really be considered a good return for Fleischmann? Top-six forward vs. defensive defenseman. Hm.

Posted by Mr. Fnytelhatt on 11/30/10 at 02:54 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Early analysis says Avs win this trade.  Hannah not what he used to be, maybe he won’t cross the red line since he has slowed down a bit.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 11/30/10 at 02:57 PM ET

NHLJeff's avatar

Fleischmann hadfallen out of favor in Washington, and Hannan has been playing pretty well this season. As much as I dislike them, I think a solid shut down D-man is just what the Caps need.

Posted by NHLJeff from Pens fan in Denver on 11/30/10 at 03:11 PM ET

inferno31's avatar

Very confusing, they got older and took on cap?.. If they were shedding cap I’d say its to make room for Semin, but I’m not quite understanding this one.

Posted by inferno31 on 11/30/10 at 03:13 PM ET

John W.'s avatar

The Salary Cap hits really don’t mean a whole lot for the future of either team, as both are UFA after this year.

Posted by John W. from a bubble wrap cocoon on 11/30/10 at 03:25 PM ET


The caps did not use TF very well.  He has a lot of skill, and Colorado will be happy to have him.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 11/30/10 at 03:31 PM ET


Fleischmann puts up quality regular season numbers, then disappears in the playoffs when it gets physical.  After watching him play in DC for the last few years, it’ll be good for him to change teams and maybe figure out that it is acceptable to initiate contact when chasing after a puck.

Hannan is just what the Caps need, short of a younger, less-douchey version of Pronger—tough and defensively responsible.  He has no need to skate beyond center ice when Green, Carlson and Poti have that covered.

Posted by Right Winger on 11/30/10 at 03:35 PM ET


Very confusing, they got older and took on cap?.. If they were shedding cap I’d say its to make room for Semin, but I’m not quite understanding this one.

Hannan’s $4.5M expires at season’s end.  I think this is a move to bridge the gap of having two rookies in Carlsson & Alzner on the blueline and to take away some of their TOI.  At season’s end, he’ll be free to walk and those dollars will be made available for Semin for next year.  To follow suit, Hannan’s minutes will be given back to Alzner & Carlsson next year.

Posted by ProjectMayhem on 11/30/10 at 03:41 PM ET

John W.'s avatar

Flash always lit it up for the Caps when he got to play with top players, like when Ovie got hurt/suspended.  He should get a real shot to succeed early, as I imagine he’ll be on the top line with Stewart out.  Should be Fleischmann/Stastny/Jones.

Posted by John W. from a bubble wrap cocoon on 11/30/10 at 03:43 PM ET

Stevis's avatar

The Caps kept trying to make Flash the 2nd-line center they still need.  He’s not that.

This doesn’t seem like a great return, but they’ve pretty much mishandled the trade value out of him.  They did need someone in Hannan’s style, although it seems uninspiring.

Posted by Stevis on 11/30/10 at 04:26 PM ET

Evilpens's avatar

UMMM Hannan hasn’t been a good Shutdown D man since he left SJ

Posted by Evilpens on 11/30/10 at 04:27 PM ET

hockeychic's avatar

Wow, I see this as a lopsided win for Colorado.  Though the Caps did need someone on D, this is the best they could find?

Posted by hockeychic from Denver, CO on 11/30/10 at 04:47 PM ET


You guys are insane. The Caps are better when Fleischmann is a healthy scratch. To get a top four D-man for him is larceny. Good riddance

Now our D looks like this
Erskine-Sloan(hopefully both these stiffs ride the bench)

Posted by flacco5 on 11/30/10 at 05:05 PM ET


Wow, I see this as a lopsided win for Colorado.  Though the Caps did need someone on D, this is the best they could find?

I don’t see how this is lopsided.  Washington got a starting defenceman who will chew into the minutes of Green, Schultz and more importantly, into Carlsson and Alzner.  Fleischmann has been a healthy scratch as of late.  So one could say that the Caps got a defender for an inconsistent piece that was given every opportunity to take his game to the next level, but ultimately failed. 

In the end, I do believe it is a win-win trade.  The Caps get a brutish western Canadian defender for an underperforming european skater.  The Avs get a kid with a ton of potential in exchange for a veteran they were unlikely to resign at the conclusion of this term.

Posted by ProjectMayhem on 11/30/10 at 05:16 PM ET


I watch enough Washington that I understand why Fleischmann is a goat; beyond his 25 or so goals a year, he doesn’t contribute in any way, nor is he a particularly hard worker. Having said that, I don’t like this trade from Washington’s perspective.

At this point in his career, Scott Hannan’s something of a smaller, more expensive, poor man’s Hal Gill (strong, immobile, 1-way d). Pittsburgh picked up Hal Gill for a 59th pick. Not many 59th picks become 25 goal men. Any 25 goal man with a reasonable cap hit, Fleischmann included, is gross overpayment for a 1-dimensional d-man making triple what he’s worth. At minumum, a 2nd round pick should have come with Hannan.

Posted by StevieSteve on 11/30/10 at 05:20 PM ET

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