Saw this posted by Fugu in the DRW forum. From KuklasKorner:
....With the Hannan signing, the Predators now have two defensemen with more than 800 games of NHL experience for the first time in franchise history (Hannan, 908gp; Hal Gill, 1,070gp). Both veterans – in addition to top-four blueliner Kevin Klein – also perennially rank among the League leaders in average penalty kill time on ice and blocked shots.
We just needed another vet defender so that we aren't relying on three incredibly young players on the blueline. This will provide competition at camp, and it will give us some flexibility. If Josi, Blum, and Ellis are all playing better than Hannah, we can sit him. If one or two of them begin to falter, we have a vet to plug in. It isn't like Hannah is the guy we were waiting to sign so that we can go win a Cup. We needed a vet, and we got one.
Not sure how I feel about this move. I like Hannan and all, but I would have preferred a reliable 2nd pairing guy, rather than a 3rd pairing guy who can only fill in on the 2nd pairing in a pinch. Maybe we're not done