I think he's exactly the type of d-man you need, actually.
He's a Swiss army knife. If you have any guys on your squad who you can't trust defensively, pair them with Hamrlik. He played top pairing minutes for us last year when Markov went down and only wavered a bit near the end when his age caught up with him.
Play him on the 2nd pairing, keep him right around 20 minutes per games and he'll be fine for you unless his play drops off significantly.
You guys will love him. He's older now, but he's still capable of logging top 4 minutes and is a solid veteran. He always bailed the Habs when Markov went down. He shouldn't be playing too many minutes if you want him sharp in the playoffs.
I like Hamrlik. He's not flashy, but he can skate, play in all situations and put up points. He's not as defensively strong as Hannan, but he was assuredly a top 4 dman last year, but he is old.
I've really admired Montreal's transition game over the past 5 years or so and he's been a big part of it. His even strength assist numbers are pretty good and he can move. He'll be welcome addition to a transition that is flat out horrible.
*All the above is contingent on his body not falling apart.
Yeah that is exactly what this is. Hannan wasn't coming back for $3.5 per and he wasn't only signing a 2 year deal.
With a toddler at home it's understandable. As great as it is to win the cup securing your families financial future is more important. Not that Hannan is poor or in danger of going broke but all to often you hear about millionaire athletes going bankrupt.