Predators ink veteran blueliner Hannan to one-year deal

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Nashville, TN, United States (4E Sports) – The Nashville Predators have added depth to their blue line by signing veteran blueliner Scott Hannan to a one-year deal worth $1 million.

The 33-year-old Hannan will partially help fill the void left by the departure of Ryan Suter, who signed with the Minnesota Wild recently.

A first-round pick by the San Jose Sharks in 1997, Hannan has tallied 197 points (33 goals, 164 assists) and 522 penalty minutes in 908 regular-season games with the San Jose Sharks, Colorado Avalanche, Washington Capitals and Calgary Flames.

The 6-1, 225-pound blueliner enters the 2012-13 season having played more games than any NHL defenseman in the last 10 seasons with 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. He also has 15 points (one goal and 14 assists) in 82 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

Hannan was part of the gold medal-winning Canadian squad at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey. He joins captain Shea Weber as alumni of the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League in the Predators organization.

With the signing, the Predators now have two defensemen with more than 800 games of NHL experience for the first time in franchise history — Hal Gill is tops on the roster with 1,070.

Hannan and Gill rank among league leaders in average penalty kill time on ice and blocked shots. Those two will join Shea Weber, Kevin Klein, Roman Josi and Ryan Ellis to round out their defensive corps.

The Predators first preseason game is Sept. 24 in Florida. The Predators make their home debut on Sept. 25 versus the St. Louis Blues.

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