Sharks re-sign Scott Hannan

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The San Jose Sharks have re-signed unrestricted free-agent defenseman Scott Hannan to a one-year contract.

General manager Doug Wilson announced the move Thursday, saying Hannan will be a good mentor for younger players. The Sharks also signed minor league forward Bryan Lerg to a one-year deal.

The 35-year-old Hannan played 56 games last season with three goals and nine assists.

Hannan might not get as much playing time next season as the Sharks want to give a bigger opportunity to younger players like Mirco Mueller, Matt Tennyson and Taylor Doherty.

San Jose traded veterans Dan Boyle and Brad Stuart earlier this offseason but Hannan was willing to take on a lesser role and come back.