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Scott Hannan Signs With Nashville

Nashville, Tenn. (August 17, 2012) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed defenseman Scott Hannan to a one-year, $1 million contract.

Hannan, 33 (1/23/79), has amassed 197 points (33g-164a) and 522 penalty minutes in 908 regular-season games and 15 points (1g-14a) and 89 penalty minutes in 82 playoff games with San Jose, Colorado, Washington and Calgary since the 1998-99 season. The 6-1, 225-pound blueliner enters the 2012-13 season having played more games than any NHL defenseman in the last 10 seasons (798). Hannan dressed for 75-or-more games for the 11th consecutive season (78), and averaged more than 20 minutes of ice time for the ninth time in the last 10 seasons (20:21) with the Calgary Flames a season ago.

With the Hannan signing, the Predators now have two defensemen with more than 800 games of NHL experience for the first time in franchise history (Hannan, 908gp; Hal Gill, 1,070gp). Both veterans – in addition to top-four blueliner Kevin Klein – also perennially rank among the League leaders in average penalty kill time on ice and blocked shots. That trio joins the two-time Norris Trophy runner-up Weber and talented, offensively gifted under-23 NHLers Roman Josi and Ryan Ellis, giving the Predators both three left shooting and three right shooting defensemen among their balanced top-six corps.

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mrfluffy's avatar

And the ever-small free agent d-men group gets even smaller…

I don’t know why I get worked up anymore when I see a defenseman signed and it wasn’t Detroit who signed them…

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 08/17/12 at 02:33 PM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

same here Fluffy.. it’s one of those “go figure” things anymore.  I’m sure if I’d have wanted Barker on the team he’d have got signed by someone before Detroit.  Hannan in my opinion was the best option out there for what we were looking for.  Guy is a beast.  1y 1m is about as good as it gets for a reliable veteran D man.  perfect.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 08/17/12 at 02:51 PM ET

Chris in Hockey Hell's avatar

I’m sure we would have signed him if we would have had cap space.

Wait.

Posted by Chris in Hockey Hell from Ann Arbor, MI but LIVING in Columbia, TN on 08/17/12 at 03:06 PM ET

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ARGH! Feaster signed Sarich to 2 years 4 mil when he could have had Hannan for 1 year 1 mil? I don’t get that at all, Sarich is far too slow, not to mention injury prone.

Well, good for Nashville, at least.

Posted by Iggy_Rules on 08/18/12 at 03:10 AM ET

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