Scott Hannan: Much Needed Toughness Added To the Washington Capitals Blue Line

November 30th, 2010 by Ryan Davenport Leave a reply »
In the months since the Washington Capitals were eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs in 2010, Tomas Fleischmann has been involved in a number of trade rumors, and today, after eight months, he was dealt to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for veteran defenseman Scott Hannan.  

Hannan, a player of over 750 NHL games, is a hard nosed defenseman who will add a physical presence to the relatively young, inexperienced Capitals blueline.  He is an asset for the Capitals in their own end, and can be used as a shut down defenseman against top NHL talent.  

Obviously, Tomas Fleischmann is a talented young player, and it's always sad to see a guy who can put up 50 points leave town.   However, the Capitals addressed one of their greatest needs by acquiring an in-your-face type of defenseman, and were likely to lose Fleischmann for nothing at season's end regardless.  

Fleischmann, whom Caps fans affectionately refer to as 'Flash, is a free agent at the end of the season, and was probably going to be out of the Capitals price range, seeing as re-signing Brooks Laich and Alexander Semin are higher priorities.  

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