The Washington Times - June 30, 2011, 05:34PM

If Scott Hannan is going to be back with the Capitals next season, they won’t make a move to re-sign him until after unrestricted free agency opens at noon Friday.

That’s according to his agent, Don Meehan, who didn’t rule out a return to Washington for Hannan.


“As far as Scott’s situation with the Capitals is concerned, the Capitals have not made any offer to date, but have indicated that they may very well speak to us on Scott’s situation subsequent to July 1st,” Meehan wrote in an email to The Washington Times.

The Caps acquired Hannan in a trade with the Avalanche in October that sent Tomas Fleischmann to Colorado. Since, he played in 78 regular-season and all nine playoff games and finished with a total of one goal and 11 assists.

Hannan was considered a solid defender and a good fit with the Caps for much of his time in Washington, but he was at fault for the bad line change in Game 2 of the Lightning series that led to Vinny Lecavalier’s game-winner and didn’t have his best performances in the playoffs.

After the Caps’ season ended, Hannan explained that he wanted to return.

It’s a great group of guys here. I’d love to be back. But we’ll see how things happen,” he said. “It’s a long way. We’ll have to sit down with my family. Maybe we’ll talk to Washington here in the next little while.”

With no offer from the Caps, Hannan will soon be on the open market.