39-Year-Old Defenseman – Free Agent
Scott Hannan Contract Information:
Became an unrestricted free agent in July 2015.
Hannan announced his retirement on Wednesday, Curtis Pashelka of the Bay Area News Group reports.
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This veteran defender will hit 1,000 career games early this season, but his career trajectory doesn't look typical for a player his age. He had the best offensive season he's had in years in 2013-14 when he recorded three goals and nine assists, along with 55 penalty minutes and 52 shots through 56 games. It was a strange late-career burst from a player whose last three goals (prior to last season) took place over the course of three seasons and five teams. Hannan will certainly get a fair shake at playing time in 2014-15, but it's hard to believe he'll repeat even the paltry totals he posted last year.
Hannan, who just signed a one-year contract with the Sharks, is back for one more year. From a fantasy perspective, that's all that you can really say about the veteran defenseman. He only tallied a single point last year in 33 games and found himself at a pretty unattractive minus-13, while averaging less than a shot per game. He will be very relevant for the Sharks, likely maintaining his average of 19 minutes per game, but there just isn't enough meat on the bone for fantasy owners.
Hannan was one of the few Flames to stay virtually injury-free in 2011-12, scoring 12 points in 78 games. He's a long way removed from his Team Canada days and his offense is all but non-existent. But he brings grit and veteran leadership to a very young blue line in Nashville. And he could give you 130 blocked shots if you have space for a single-category contributor on your fantasy roster.
Hannan, a shutdown defender, had been looking for work as a free agent but found his employer by signing a one-year, $1 million deal with the Flames this past August. Considering the former Capital banked $4.5 million last season, Hannan will be lighter in the pocket, but the Flames richer on the blue line as Hannan will likely assume a leadership role and provide a veteran presence. Unfortunately, this doesn't equate to a whole lot in the numbers-hungry world of fantasy hockey.
Hannan, who is entering the final year of a four-year contract with the Avs, is your typical stay-at-home defenseman type who is counted on more for shutting down the opposition than for putting the puck in their net. The one aspect of Hannan's game that really stands out is his durability, as he's missed just six games over the past five seasons. Other than that, there's not much to mention from a fantasy standpoint, as he's scored fewer than 20 points in each of the past two seasons. He was also the team leader in minutes per game on the penalty-kill last year and saw no real power-play time. In short, Hannan has fantasy value in only the deepest of leagues.
A model of durability, Hannan has missed only six games over the past six seasons. However, his point totals dropped to 10 last year (1G, 9A), whereas he's usually in the 20-25 point range. He eats up a ton of minutes but he's not counted on for his offense. His minus-21 rating last season is another reason to steer clear of him.
A model of consistency and durability, Hannan has missed only five games over the past five seasons, and his point totals were 22, 21, 24, 24 and 21 over that stretch. He will one of the Avs' top six d-men this season but will not be counted on for his offense. If your draft is deep enough and you need a 20-25 point defenseman who plays nearly every game, Hannan's your guy.
Hannan will likely make a living on Colorado's first defensive pairing. He's not a big scorer, but should have real-world impact and log heavy minutes.
He's steady in his own end and there's enough hockey sense for Hannan to get 20-25 points every year, but there's nothing special about his offensive skills and he'll probably never take the next step forward. There are lots of defensemen around the league with offensive upside, but this isn't one of them.
He realizes that his job is to keep the puck out of the net first, not try to find offensive opportunities. Hannan will play a solid defense and score about 15-20 points in 2005-06.