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Free Agent Blue Plate: Scott Hannan

I proposed a question to the Twitterverse about what position needs to be filled first.  Choice A was defence, while choice B was goaltender.

Defence won by a good margin.  Let’s have a look at a name that’s still available in the UFA punch bowl.

NAME: Scott Hannan

POSITION: Defence

DOB: 23 JAN 1979 (32)

2010-11 NUMBERS:  1G-10A-11PTS.  (+4 with COL/WSH) in 78 GP

2010-11 SALARY: $4.5M, (final year of a 4 year contract), is unrestricted free agent

THE SKINNY

Another lefty.  Oh well.

There are two reasons that Edmonton would fall in love with Scott Hannan.  We’re talking almost Ryan Jones style crush.

One of those reasons Scott Hannan would be a welcome addition to the Edmonton Oiler blue is durability.  The guy’s a Mack truck.   Since the lockout, Hannan has only missed seven games.  Secondly, Hannan’s blue collar style of play would become an instant hit with the folks in Oil Country.  He’s not going to score a tonne of points (in his last three seasons, his high was 16 in Colorado), but he’d be one tough customer to combat with on the blue line.  From the remaining candidates of the UFA defencemen pool, Hannan’s price tag might be a bit high,  but he’s going to come in and perform every night for your club, leaving nothing in the dressing room.  And, I’ll admit it:  Hannan’s the kind of defenceman that I love the best:  the oft-unsung, no nonsense kind of chap.

Here’s a quick rundown of his 2010-11 (all on Caps defence)

  • Tied for fifth in points (w/ John Erskine)
  • Sixth in shots
  • Fifth in ice time (averaging 19:47)
  • tenth in shooting percentage

Nice hit, terrible cover of ‘Beat It’.

FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY

I have a hard time saying ‘fiscal responsibility’ when talking about a team that’s paying a 39 year old netminder nearly $4M to perform at the rate he does.  Needless to say, the dollars and cents of it all will likely depend on how long Hannan is on the UFA wire.

Hannan just finished the final year of his contract of a 4 year/$18M deal. How this transpires into today’s dollars is yet to be seen, but I bet you that Hannan’s going rate will drop if he is still waiting for business in a month’s time. Two years ago, you’d have a hard sell trying to get me to bite on a $4.5M contract for a guy with Hannan’s skill set.  Since the first of July, there’s about a bajillion players that are making that kind of money, so $4.5M doesn’t cause nearly the blush that it did in 2009.

Hannan is likely looking for one more big cheque in his NHL career.  If he’s still unemployed in a month, I’d bet you he’d take the same money he’s made over the past four years for another three.

If this is the 'Before Hannan' picture, then Ladislav Smid and Theo Peckham are about to get new linemates. (photo courtesy Oilers.nhl.com)

At 32 years of age, Hannan’s likely on the other side of the bell curve as far as productivity goes. But, a 32 year old Scott Hannan is a shoo-in on this year’s Oiler blue. His signing might trump the advance of Petry on opening night, but it would make Petry a pretty good guy to have in a pinch. Not convinced that Andy Sutton is going to make it onto opening night as the the Official Oilers Depth Chart suggests.

Would Scott Hannan be a good fit in Oiler threads?

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