Caps Press Release on Trade:
The Washington Capitals have acquired defenseman Scott Hannan from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for forward Tomas Fleischmann, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.
Hannan, 31, is an 11-year NHL veteran who has played for Colorado and the San Jose Sharks. The 6’1”, 225-pound defensive defenseman has played 775 career games, recording 30 goals, 150 assists, 456 penalty minutes and a +22 rating. This season Hannan has six assists and a +1 rating while playing all 23 games for the Avalanche.
Hannan has played at least 71 games in each of his 11 pro seasons, including 97.2% of the games since he made the NHL full-time in 2000-01. He has averaged 18:37 of ice time per game this season and 22:02 per game in the course of his career. His teams have made the playoffs eight times in 10 seasons prior to this one, playing a total of 73 playoff games.
A first-round pick of the Sharks, 23rd overall, in the 1997 Entry Draft, Hannan broke into the league after an all-star career with the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League. He was a teammate of current Capital Matt Bradley with the Sharks and signed with Colorado as a free agent on July 1, 2007.
COMMENT: As I blogged last week, Fleischmann was given the chance to become the number two center but didn’t really produce and the play of rookie Marcus Johansson had basically made “Flash” expendable. The 31 year old Hannan is a defensive defensemen who had his best seasons with the San Jose Sharks. Personally, I think he will help the Capitals defense and provide some much needed depth.
UPDATE: The media had a chance to participate in a conference call with Scott Hannan this afternoon and here are some of the things the defenseman, who will wear #23 for the Caps, had to say:
On his emotions and initial thoughts on the trade:
– “I’m really excited to go to a first place team and compete for the Stanley Cup.”
– “I like being with a team that I can fit in with and I look forward to stepping into a good team in Washington.”
– “You have conflicting emotions when trades happen, Colorado’s been good to me.”
On how his play has been impacted going from San Jose to Colorado and now to Washington:
– “I think my style of play has stayed the same [since his days with San Jose]. I am a defensive player, I kill penalties.”
– “I was fortunate to learn from a lot of players that were [in San Jose and Colorado].”
On the timing of the deal and when he first learned of it:
– “First I heard of the trade was [Monday], I am not sure I saw a trade coming but any time you are in the last year of a deal these things can happen.”
On the differences between the conferences from a style of play and in terms of travel time:
– “I think things are more open in the East and tighter in the West. I am looking forward to the [shorter] travel.”