Former Washington Capitals defenseman Scott Hannan has agreed to one-year 1 million deal with the Nashville Predators.
The durable shutdown defenseman had two goals and 12 points in 78 games with the Calgary Flames last season, and finished second on the team with 126 blocked shots. Hannan was also second on the team in shorthanded ice-time, leading a penalty killing unit that finished ninth in the NHL last season.
Hannan joins a much different looking Nashville blue line with free agents Ryan Suter (Minnesota Wild), Francis Bouillon (Montreal Canadiens) and Jack Hillen (Washington Capitals) having all left the Music City this summer.
Hannan has played at least 75 games every year since 2000 and his 798 games the last ten years are tops among all NHL defensemen over that span.
With Hannan signed to a new deal, the list of former Capitals that remain unsigned includes Jason Arnott, Matt Bradley, Eric Fehr, Brent Johnston, Milan Jurcina, Mike Knuble and Brendan Morrison.
COUNTDOWN TO SHUTDOWN: 29 DAYS
The NHL and the Players Association wrapped up four days of meetings yesterday in Toronto. NHLPA Executive Director Donald Fehr is now meeting with players in Chicago and Kelowna, British Columbia, to discuss where they stand.
Fehr is not scheduled to meet again with Commissioner Gary Bettman until next Wednesday, Aug. 22, at which point the League and the PA will have 24 days to reach a new collective bargaining agreement or face a second lockout in eight years.
AHL SCHEDULE RELEASE:
With the start of the NHL season in doubt, the American Hockey League might be the best professional hockey available this fall. The AHL is expected to release its 2012-13 schedule this afternoon. Check back to CSNWashington.com for updates.