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Canucks’ Tanev will represent himself in contract talks

May 16, 2013, 2:11 PM EDT

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Restricted free-agent defenseman Chris Tanev will represent himself — with some help from his dad, Mike — in contract talks with the Vancouver Canucks.

Mike Tanev tells Vancouver radio station News 1130 that he contacted the club last week and hopes to start negotiations soon.

The decision to negotiate without the help of an agent is an interesting one, given RFA negotiations can be some of the most complex and contentious (see: PK Subban).

There’s even speculation that Tanev could be a prime candidate for an offer sheet.

From The Province:

Tanev, who just finished a three-year contract that paid him a $900,000 salary at the NHL level, would be an attractive target for clubs that decide to buck the trend and go after other teams’ RFAs.

In Tanev’s case, another club could offer him up to $3.36 million in annual salary — and surrender just a second-round pick in compensation.

Denver-based player agent Kurt Overhardt, of KO Sports Inc., says it could be “a perfect storm” for offer sheets with the cap going down so much, but said many NHL clubs will suffer cap issues — and that will affect the number of clubs in position to make RFA offers.

Contract offers — or offer sheets — can be tendered to RFAs by teams other than their own, beginning July 5.

Of course, if Tanev and the Canucks don’t get a deal done before July 5, an agent could always be hired at that point.

Tanev — a steady defenseman that didn’t play particularly tough minutes — had two goals and five assists in 38 games, averaging 17:17 of ice time.

  1. kaptaanamerica - May 16, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    Tanev isn’t going anywhere. He’s a solid piece of the D going forward and management knows it. They’ll pay him a fair salary just as they’ve done with their other pieces.

    Why would he leave a competitive club where he is not expected to be a top pairing guy. He just has to be steady eddy and keep learning from the veterans.

    He’s fifth on the depth chart, as is, behind Hamhuis, Bieksa, Edler, and Garrison. With he has to know he’s going to be on a good team for years to come and will always be in a position to compete for the cup.

    • freneticgarfieldfan - May 16, 2013 at 4:24 PM

      …competitive club…
      …on a good team for years to come…
      …always be in a position to compete for the cup…

      Wow, just wow. Vancouverites really still think their whiners are the best. Bravo.

      • kaptaanamerica - May 16, 2013 at 5:24 PM

        how many teams have played more playoff games than the Canucks in the last 5 years?

        1. ur a buffoon if you think the Canucks aren’t competitive. they’ve had solid regular seasons with the playoffs being a crapshoot as shown by number 7 and 8 seeds beating top seeded teams in both conferences.

        2. the core of the team will ensure they are fighting for division titles (fyi they had better records against the central division than against the NW in case you think they played in a weak div to rack up points)

        3. any team that gets into the playoffs can go on a run in a normal season…

        get a f*ing clue or keep reading the morning funny papers…

  2. axisofweasels - May 16, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    tomorrows headline: Tanev signs for 5 year contract worth $130.00, plus full salad privileges at the buffet.

    • loinstache - May 16, 2013 at 2:46 PM

      Hah, see what you missed, Ehrhoff?

  3. rgotoguy - May 16, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    Why do so many NHL’ers use their fathers to help negotiate deals? It makes the NHL look like ametur hour, not to mention stupid on the players part.

    • loinstache - May 16, 2013 at 2:57 PM

      It’s like using a realtor, some people are turned off using a third party who sees them solely as a pay cheque. Also there have been some agents with big egos involved in Vancouver the past few years and I can see some players, especially younger, turned away by the conflict they inevitably bring to be team.

      • hockeyflow33 - May 16, 2013 at 4:20 PM

        Except your real estate agent’s commission is built in already. There’s a reason to use experts.

    • jcmeyer10 - May 16, 2013 at 3:42 PM

      Hell, I would bank the 10% the agent would take. Add 10% onto 40ish % and it all adds up.


    • thingguy19 - May 19, 2013 at 10:14 PM

      Because they are not like any other athlete in North America. They don’t steal laptops, take $$$ from boosters, have the geek squad write their college papers, have an entourage that rides their coat tails………

      So many players? A few have done it but so many?

      Any chance you know the elder Tanev background?

    • thingguy19 - May 19, 2013 at 10:18 PM

  4. jpelle82 - May 16, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    its not rocket science, its a contract, its all right there in black and white. you should know what you’re worth and how it should be paid. you could hire a lawyer for an hour to read it and advise you and keep the 10% – much cheaper and just as effective. its not like “negotiations” are that hard…especially if you’ve ever bought a house or a car, it wont be his first contract either.

    • hockeyflow33 - May 16, 2013 at 4:21 PM

      You’ve never actually seen one of these contracts have you?

      • jpelle82 - May 16, 2013 at 8:51 PM

        have you? i sell contracts 5 days a week and have seen thousands over the last 10 years. the problem is people dont read them or want to, thats why they hire someone else to. i can see the need for some people to hire someone, especially a 18 yr old kid who just got drafted but its not his 1st contract, and he has a relationship with the organization. he doesnt need an agent to shop for him

      • hockeyflow33 - May 17, 2013 at 12:15 PM

        You probably deal in whatever boilerplate contracts your industry considers standard. With bonus clauses, two-way options, trade restrictions, etc, you’re saving yourself a lot of headaches by paying a professional to act as your agent.

  5. desertfan - May 16, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    Pk Subban “settled” for $2M and $3.6 for two years of “transition towards a big ,long deal.

    Suggest that 2 or 3 X $1.9 would be fair.

  6. kicksave1980 - May 16, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    If he has the smarts to negotiate for himself, good for him. He won’t have to pay a commission to an agent and keep more of his money. Also, the organization has its reputation at stake, and word travels fast amongst players. They have an incentive to deal fairly with him, or risk hurting themselves in future negotiations with other players (I would imagine).

    The only reason I might hesitate is that sometimes even the easiest negotiation can get a little testy and feelings can get hurt. All part of the business, and the GM isn’t doing his job if he isn’t trying to save a little of the team’s bottom line at the same time as fairly evaluating a player. Just to keep any potential animosity out of it, I think I’d rather use an agent. But again, good for Tanev.

    • desertfan - May 16, 2013 at 5:41 PM

      As the old saying goes-” Those who represent themselves in court have a fool for a client”.

  7. kaptaanamerica - May 16, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    The NHLPA makes contracts and templates available for all registered agents to use in their negotiations. They also provide training to new agents. the NHLPA makes sure their members don’t get screwed over so NO its not like real estate. You can rep yourself if you want. You’ll get the PA to give you comparable contracts and you pick one you like and that’s that. You hand it over to the team and make a minor change here and there and you’re done.

  8. chicagohawksfan66 - May 16, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    hey garfieldfan stick to kids comics it suits you. he said competitive. if you think they aren’t give your head a shake. are they cup favorites no thats my hawks, but the nucks are a good team. let your hatred go.

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