The "Scott Hannan returns to play the San Jose Sharks" angle is too old, too familiar for the 34-year-old defenseman.

"That would be a few stories ago," Hannan joked. "The last few years I've seemed to jump to a few teams."

Hannan's current narrative involves how he went from an elite shutdown defender with the Sharks for eight years, to a journeyman, to a top-line defense pairing for the Predators (2-2-3), who play the Sharks (7-0-0) today.

"He was what I knew he was. He's not the most offensive or fleet of foot. But he's a steady defenseman, he's a penalty killer, a shot blocker, he has good character," Predators coach Barry Trotz said. "Every team that has had him, the coaches and players all think very highly of him."

In 1997, the Sharks selected Hannan 23rd overall in what has become one of the top drafts in NHL history.

He grew up with a core that included forward Patrick Marleau (second overall in 1997), Brad Stuart (third overall in 1998) and, later, Joe Thornton (first overall by the Bruins in 1997 but traded to the Sharks in 2005).

His strength and ability to skate enabled the 6-foot-1, 221-pound Hannan to play against opponents' top lines. He thrived, never finishing with a minus rating.

But after Hannan signed a four-year, $18 million deal with the Colorado Avalanche in 2007, his production decreased.

He was a combined minus-26 his first two years with the Avs. In 2010-11, he was dealt to the Washington Capitals. He signed a one-year contract with the Calgary Flames the following summer, notched just 12 points in 78 games and was a minus-10.