DENVER (Reuters) - Washington Capitals center Tomas Fleischmann has been acquired by the Colorado Avalanche for defenseman Scott Hannan, the Avalanche said Tuesday.

"We are acquiring a top-six forward who is only 26 years old. His addition will bolster our lineup immediately," Avalanche general manager Greg Sherman said in a statement.

Fleischmann has collected four goals and six assists in 23 games for the Capitals this season.

The Czech Republic native set career highs in goals (23), assists (28) and points (51) in 69 games for Washington last season. He also played for his homeland in the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.

Hannan, 31, is an 11-year NHL veteran who has played for Colorado and the San Jose Sharks.

He had six assists in 23 games for the Avalanche this season.

(Reporting by Gene Cherry in Salvo, North Carolina; Editing by Julian Linden)