Scott Hannan, Raffi Torres head to Sharks

The San Jose Sharks have replaced traded defenceman Douglas Murray with Scott Hannan, who broke into the NHL with the Sharks in the 1998-99 season.

Defenceman on 2nd tour of duty with San Jose

Predators defenceman Scott Hannan, right, soon will be reunited with former teammate Joe Thornton, left, in San Jose after Nashville traded him on Wednesday. (Tony Avelar/Associated Press/)

The San Jose Sharks have replaced traded defenceman Douglas Murray with a familiar face.

Scott Hannan, who broke into the NHL with San Jose in the 1998-99 season, was acquired from Nashville before Wednesday’s 3 p.m. ET trade deadline for a conditional seventh-round draft pick.

The seventh-rounder changes to a sixth-round pick if Hannan, an impending unrestricted free agent, appears in one game in this year's Stanley Cup playoffs.

"Scott Hannan is a player we are very familiar with and gives us an added veteran depth presence on defence," Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said in a statement released by the team.

Not long after, the Sharks sent a third round pick to Phoenix for left wing Raffi Torres.

Hannan has one point in 29 games this season while his minus-11 rating is tied for worst on the Predators with centre Craig Smith.

The 31-year-old veteran blue-liner hasn’t played since March 17 after suffering an upper-body injury, so Hannan could be activated at any time.

He played seven seasons in San Jose before the Colorado Avalanche signed the Richmond, B.C., native as a free agent in July 2007.

Torres staying out of trouble

Hannan’s most productive season with the Sharks was 2005-06 when he scored six goals and 24 points in 81 games with a plus-7 rating.

He also played for the Washington Capitals and Calgary Flames before joining Nashville and has 198 points (33 goals, 165 assists) and 542 penalty minutes in 937 NHL regular-season contests.

Torres, meanwhile, joins his seventh NHL team. The forward has managed to stay out of trouble this season after several on-ice incidents rankled feathers, capped off by serving a whopping 21-games suspension in last year's playoffs while with Coyotes.

"Raffi is a physical presence who plays with speed and will help bolster our forward lines," said Wilson. "He is a player you love to have on your team but hate to play against."

Torres incurred the ban after a late, high hit on Chicago's Marian Hossa.

The Toronto native didn't enjoy success the last time he was dealt at the deadline, failing to score in 18 games for Buffalo in 2009-10.

Torres has scored 132 goals and 117 assists in 619 career games, with 486 penalty minutes. Originally drafted by the New York Islanders, he's also suited up for Edmonton, Columbus and Vancouver.

The 31-year-old has been to the Stanley Cup final on two occasions, with the Oilers in 2006 and the Canucks five years later.

He has five goals and seven assists in 28 games so far this season.


Doug Harrison has covered the professional and amateur scene as a senior writer for CBC Sports since 2003. Previously, the Burlington, Ont., native covered the NHL and other leagues for Faceoff.com. Follow the award-winning journalist @harrisoncbc