Predators add veteran defenseman with free agent deal

Friday, August 17, 2012 at 12:35pm
Staff reports

The Nashville Predators took their time in finding a replacement for Ryan Suter. They ultimately went with someone who has been in the NHL a long time.

The Predators announced Friday that 33-year-old Scott Hannan signed a one-year, $1 million deal.

Hannan was drafted by San Jose in 1997 (first round, 23rd overall), the year before Nashville played its first game, and made his NHL debut the next season. He stayed with the Sharks through 2006-07 and since has played with Colorado (twice), Toronto, Washington and — most recently — Calgary.

In all, he has 908 games of NHL experience and 197 points (33 goals, 164 assists).

From 2000-01 through 2006-07, he averaged four goals per season. Since then, he has not scored more than two in a season.

Since July 4, when Suter agreed to a free agent deal with Minnesota, Nashville officials have said they wanted to add another veteran defenseman to a group that includes captain Shea Weber, Hal Gill and Kevin Klein.

1 Comment on this post:

By: 4gold on 8/21/12 at 8:40

ah yes, more defense. Once again. Who is going to score? Same question year after year. Also glad they are adding more upscale seating. Just what the fans need since the lower bowl is often 1/3 empty and the upper bowl is sold out solid. Doesnt sound very astute to the local needs to me.

Go Dores, Preds, Titans! Go Nashville!