Confirmed by team officials, the Washington Capitals have traded forward Tomas Fleischmann to the Colorado Avalanche for defenseman Scott Hannan.

Hannan is a 31-year old left-handed defenseman.  He is dependable, having skated in the most games of any defenseman in the league since the 2002-03 season.  He had appeared in 267 of 269 regular season games since singing with Colorado in 2007.

Hannan is in the final year of a four-year, $18 million contract. Hannan has most notably played for the Avalanche and San Jose Sharks.

We'll have much more on this deal as details become available.