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Sharks bring back Hannan: one-year, $1 million

Jul 10, 2014, 4:47 PM EDT

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San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson said last month that the team is committed to rebuilding, but so far it looks like they’ll feature a very similar cast to the one that imploded against the Los Angeles Kings in the first round.

The Sharks announced that they will bring 35-year-old defenseman Scott Hannan back on a one-year, $1 million contract. Hannan had three goals and 12 points in 56 games last season.

“Scott is a high-character, veteran player who leads by example,” said Wilson. “He understands and accepts his role based on the needs of our team and will be a great mentor for many of the younger players on our roster.”

That might be Wilson hinting that Hannan’s role on the ice will be reduced in 2014-15 as he focuses more on helping the team’s younger players. His presence also means that the team now has five veteran blueliners signed to one-way contracts — six once restricted free agent Jason Demers agrees to terms.

Mirco Mueller, 19, might end up making the Sharks’ as well, but he’ll have to prove himself at training camp.

  1. sharksfan754 - Jul 10, 2014 at 4:55 PM

    He’s like an std for the sharks; always coming back when you want him permanently gone

  2. sharksman - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:17 PM

    wow no one better for a million a year ? wth Wilson , great rebuild, not. even if you trade thorton or Patrick that is no rebuild when you re sign all the same players and bring in 1 goon. WTF ?

  3. skr213 - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:35 PM

    I want a rebuild as much as anyone, but our defensive core can’t just be all 20-somethings. Change for change’s sake would be dumb and the fact is this is a good move. Hannan is as positionally sound as any defenseman around and he has a lot to teach the kiddies. Good signing.

  4. phillyphanatic77 - Jul 10, 2014 at 6:19 PM

    I truly empathize with the fact that San Jose is tired of all the playoff failures (the Flyers are essentially the Sharks of East when it comes to the postseason), but that is still a really talented group. It’s difficult to continually hang your hat on guys who have come up short in big moments but I wouldn’t be so quick to deal Thornton and/or Marleau just to be rid of them. With those two, along with the likes of Couture, Pavelski, Hertl, Nieto, and Wingels, there’s some firepower up front. And a pretty solid bottom 6. Their blueline doesn’t have that true #1 (M.E. Vlasic is a great #2) but there’s still plenty of talent, especially with Burns back and the possibility of Mueller making the club.

    To me, and I’m sure San Jose fans, a lot hinges on Niemi. Good goalie but nothing special. Yes, he won a Cup, but he was the most beatable part of that Chicago team. Maybe they trade for Reimer or Stalock steps up. Even with that question I’d still expect 100pts from the Sharks. From afar I wouldn’t say that a rebuild is absolutely necessary; not yet anyway.

    • sw19womble - Jul 10, 2014 at 6:59 PM

      100 points is great, in the regular season, when Thornton can do his patient twirly wait for the perfect pass shtick behind the goal. However, that’s a liability in the playoffs – as the past 6-7 years has proven.

      Agree that most of the squad is there, but it still needs some fire in the belly… .and sacrificing at least two of the big dollar regular-season guys is the way forward.

      Hannan will teach the young kids how to defend and breed some of that mental toughness into them. I’ll miss Boyle, but I’d rather invest those wages in three, maybe four, young and hungry players.

      Oh, and Bettmann GFY.

    • skr213 - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:40 PM

      I thought the Caps were the Sharks of the East?

      • phillyphanatic77 - Jul 11, 2014 at 12:49 PM

        Yeah I guess that’d be accurate but both the Flyers and Sharks have made it farther than Washington over the past decade plus. If I’m not mistaken the Caps, with Ovechkin, haven’t been past the 2nd round.

  5. gohawks7 - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:19 PM

    blah blah blah….as long as Thornton and Marleau are still around….it will be the same old result.

  6. jjl9999 - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    So, assuming that Demers plays in the NHL, the Sharks are at the roster limit. So I wonder who’s moving out to clear roster spots for young kids.

    • skr213 - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:43 PM

      Sharks almost always have 7 defensemen on the roster, rotating in and out a younger player (or on occasion, an older one). Nothing new.

    • skr213 - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:44 PM

      And the existing 6 *includes* the youngsters.

  7. justanotherphillyfan - Jul 10, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    Didn’t San Jose got this guy by a trade that involved (fat) Murray?

  8. theredtriangle - Jul 10, 2014 at 10:46 PM

    The Rebuild continues!!! I can’t keep up with all of these overhauling moves Wilson continues to pull off.

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