The Washington Capitals
acquired defenseman Scott Hannan
from the Colorado Avalanche
in exchange for center Tomas Fleischmann
The Caps felt they needed a big, physical defender and are getting just that in Hannan. The 6-foot-1, 225-pound bruiser turned 31 in January and was in the middle of his fourth season with the Avs after spending the first eight seasons of his career with the San Jose Sharks
. He has been among the Avs' leaders in hits and blocked shots over the past few years.
"We've been really happy with the way our defense has been playing, but we thought if we could add one more experienced player, one more real good defensive defenseman, it would make us a better team," Caps GM George McPhee
said on Tuesday's NHL Live!.
Hannan came at a price, as Fleischmann was beginning to emerge as a reliable scorer with the Caps. The 26-year-old was off to a slow start this season with just 4 goals in 23 games, but he had 19 goals two seasons ago and 23 last season.
"First and foremost, I would like to thank Scott Hannan
for his services to our organization and wish him the best," said Avalanche General Manager/Executive Vice President Greg Sherman. "In Tomas we are acquiring a top-six forward who is only 26 years old. His addition will bolster our lineup immediately."
"We liked Tomas a lot. He's a good guy, he's played well for us," McPhee said. "He hasn't played as well as he can play this year, but I expect that he'll get that going again."
McPhee also said he has no intention of trading either of his goaltenders, Michael Neuvirth or Semyon Varlamov
, and that nothing is imminent with potential free agent Alexander Semin
The Avs' next game is Tuesday at home against the Atlanta Thrashers
at 10 p.m. ET. The Capitals will be in St. Louis to face the Blues on Wednesday night at 8 p.m.