The Nashville Predators took their time in finding a replacement for Ryan Suter. They ultimately went with someone who has been in the NHL a long time.
The Predators announced Friday that 33-year-old Scott Hannan signed a one-year, $1 million deal.
Hannan was drafted by San Jose in 1997 (first round, 23rd overall), the year before Nashville played its first game, and made his NHL debut the next season. He stayed with the Sharks through 2006-07 and since has played with Colorado (twice), Toronto, Washington and — most recently — Calgary.
In all, he has 908 games of NHL experience and 197 points (33 goals, 164 assists).
From 2000-01 through 2006-07, he averaged four goals per season. Since then, he has not scored more than two in a season.
Since July 4, when Suter agreed to a free agent deal with Minnesota, Nashville officials have said they wanted to add another veteran defenseman to a group that includes captain Shea Weber, Hal Gill and Kevin Klein.