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Chris Tanev Signs 4-Yr Deal With Calgary Flames [Report]

Chris Tanev has reportedly signed a four-year deal with the Calgary Flames in free agency.

As per a few sources on Friday evening, the Calgary Flames are close, if not have already signed unrestricted free agent defenseman Chris Tanev. The deal came about in the evening on day one of free agency and the contract is worth $4.5 million per season over four years.

This is the second player the Flames have signed from their division rival Vancouver Canucks. Earlier in the day, they snagged goaltender Jacob Markstrom on a $6 million deal per season to be their long-term starting goaltender. Now, the Flames are trying to put some defense in front of their new goalie and Tanev will help the Flames replace some of the departing defensemen, including T.J Brodie who signed in Toronto.

The 31-year-old Tanev, was a steady blueliner for Vancouver. The team didn’t want to lose him but cap issues meant the hockey club couldn’t pay the price the Flames just did. GM Jim Benning was forced to give up a few key players, including Tanev, Markstrom and what is expected to be forward Tyler Toffoli.

The potential downside to this deal for the Flames is that Tanev has dealt with consistent injury issues over the course of his career and has never played more than 70 games in a single season. In fact, he’s played just 514 games through parts of ten seasons. In his defense, he was healthier this past season getting into all of the Canucks regular and postseason games and contributing.

He is a strong shut-down defenseman and should help the Flames in a lot of areas.

Chris Tanev to Maple Leafs?
Chris Tanev to Maple Leafs?

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