Saturday, August 13, 2011

Flames Ink Hannan

The Flames announced on Saturday that they have signed unrestricted free agent defenseman Scott Hannan to a 1-year deal, worth $1 million.  Hannan was one of the last experienced defensemen on the open market in this off-season and the Flames did well to snap him up before it was too late.

In 2011, Hannan split time between the Avalanche and the Capitals, being sent to Washington at the end of November last season in a deal that sent Tomas Fleischmann to Denver.  In 78 games between the two sides, Hannan scored 1 goal and added 10 assists, which ranked him 146th among all defensemen.

Hannan isn't so much a fantasy type defenseman, having only topped out at 24 points in his days with San Jose, but if he was able to get himself back into the 20-point range, he would likely get some looks during the mid-season waiver draft days, trying to fill in for an injured player.

Jarome IginlaMarc GiordanoMiikka Kiprusoff
Alex TanguayAnton BabchukHenrik Karlsson
Olli JokinenJay Bouwmeester
Rene BourqueCory Sarich
Curtis GlencrossScott Hannan
Brendan MorrisonChris Butler
Matt Stajan
David Moss
Niklas Hagman
Mikael Backlund
Tim Jackman
Tom Kostopoulos
Daymond Langkow

The addition of Hannan now gives the Flames a fairly solid top six, rich with some experience, physicality and some good skating, which should be tough for other teams to play against on a nightly basis.

Salary CapWith the team listed above, the Flames could now start the season and ice a team, with 13 forwards, six defensemen and two goalies now on the team table.  By my calculations, including a buyout on the books and a very small cap overage penalty from the 2011 season, the Flames come in at a very reasonable $61.6 million, giving the team some much needed flexibility against the cap ceiling and a very full team.

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