We have a trade.
The Nashville Predators have traded defenseman Scott Hannan to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a conditional sixth- or seventh-round draft pick, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger.
#SJSharks conditional deal for Hannan: NSH gets 7th round pick, but if he sees action in a playoff game, that moves up to 6th.
— David Pollak (@PollakOnSharks) April 3, 2013
Hannan was one of four Predators players set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer; the other three are Chris Mason, Chris Mueller and Brandon Yip. The 34-year-old veteran defenseman hasn’t been a great fit here, as he had one point and a minus-11 rating in 29 games this season. He has also missed the last eight games with an upper-body injury.
Sharks GM Doug Wilson told TSN earlier today that he was looking for an extra defenseman, and Hannan spent his first seven-plus NHL seasons with the Sharks and was their first-round pick in 1997 – so a reunion makes some sense.
How much can Hannan help the Sharks, though? He has regressed as this season has gone on, averaging 19:29 of ice time per game and failing to make an impact on the penalty kill – one of the reasons why the Predators signed him to a one-year deal last August.
We’ll have more as it comes available…