The Nashville Predators have made what looks likely to be their only move of the NHL trade deadline, sending defenseman Scott Hannan to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a conditional seventh-round draft pick. If Hannan appears in a playoff game for the Sharks, the pick becomes a sixth-rounder.
Scott Hannan, a 13-year veteran of the NHL, signed a one-year contract with the Nashville Predators before the lockout began. Management hoped that his reputation as a gritty shutdown defenseman would add another dimension to the team’s corps of blueliners. Things didn’t quite work out that way, though. He was paired with nearly every other defenseman on the Nashville roster and was unable to find any chemistry. Worse, he was on the ice for most of the worst goals given up by Nashville this season. The fan base revolted against him and the coaching staff appeared to lose confidence in him, never reinserting him into the lineup after he returned from an injury.
This will be the second go-round for Scott Hannan with the San Jose Sharks, who originally drafted him in 1997. He played eight seasons with the Sharks from 1998-99 to 2006-07 before moving on to tours with the Colorado Avalanche, Washington Capitals, and Calgary Flames.
David Poile deserves at least a light golf clap for getting something in return for Hannan, who was due to become a free agent at the end of the season. If a seventh-round pick doesn’t sound like much, just consider that there are multiple players on the current Nashville roster – including Pekka Rinne, Martin Erat, and Patric Hornqvist – who all came from the bottom rounds of the draft. Hannan wasn’t popular during his stay in Nashville, but if the draft pick received for him ends up providing a roster player down the line, Preds fans will be glad he spent some time here.