The Nashville Predators have been searching for veteran defense since the departure of Ryan Suter in early July. Their two-month search finally came to an end on Friday with the signing of veteran journeyman, Scott Hannan. The 33 year-old defensemen spent last season with the Calgary Flames, scoring just two goals and adding ten assists.
Nashville’s low-key signing of Hannan is pretty one dimensional in terms of purpose. General Manager, Dave Poile clearly brought the aging defenseman on to add depth to his defensive corps. Hannan has been both consistent and durable throughout his career . He leads all defensemen in games played over the last ten years with 798 appearances and averaged twenty minutes of ice time in each of those ten seasons. Although he will most likely fill the last spot in Nashville’s third pairing, Hannan will provide a veteran presence and durability at the blue line for St. Louis’ Central Division rival.