UPDATE: The trade is official.
According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie and the Denver Post’s Adrian Dater, the Capitals have reportedly traded center/winger Tomas Fleischmann to the Colorado Avalanche for defenseman Scott Hannan.
Hannan is in the final year of a four-year, $18 million contract and has most notably played for the Avalanche and San Jose Sharks. He has six assists and a +1 rating in 23 games while averaging 18:37 TOI per game this year. He has also blocked 36 shots to go along with 26 hits on the season.
In regards to special teams, Hannan rarely sees time on the power play. He has only played 1:37 total on the PP this season, but he was second on the Avalanche in shorthanded TOI with 77:21 for an average of 3:21 per game. Considering the Caps already have several competent players at the point, they don’t need Hannan on the power play anyways. Obviously, this was a move to bolster an already improving PK unit and a 5v5 defense that is surrendering 2.68 goals per game. The defense is certainly improving, but Hannan could be a nice addition as a stay-at-home defender on a team with plenty of offensive-minded defensemen.