Hannan traded to San Jose

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The Nashville Predators have traded defenseman Scott Hannan to the San Jose Sharks for a conditional 6th/7th round pick. The return becomes a 6th rounder if the Sharks make the playoffs and Hannan dresses. Hannan will return to the team where he started his career with and played for from the 1998-99 season through 2006-07.

Hannan is 34 and signed a one year deal during the summer. However, because of his lack of play as of late, Hannan found himself a 7th or 8th defenseman on the Predators' roster. Hannan suffered an upper body injury March 17 in Edmonton during the first period. He was then placed on injured reserve and has yet to return.

The British Columbia native played in 29 games and had a -11. His offensive production was absent as he posted only one assist.

This is a great move by David Poile to get rid of someone that will not be used or needed in the push for the playoffs. Hannan hasn't lived up to expectations, not that they were high anyway. Don't play down Poile only getting a 7th round conditional pick. Remember, Pekka Rinne was a 7th rounder drafted by Nashville.

It is also a great move Hannan. This season may be his last and it would be good for him and his family to retire in a place where his NHL career began.