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Agent: KHL teams interested in Tanev

Aug 13, 2013, 10:01 AM EDT

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It’s Vancouver Canucks day on PHT, so it’s only appropriate that there’s an update on the status of 23-year-old defenseman Chris Tanev, who needs to agree to terms with Vancouver after completing his entry-level contract. Or maybe not.

Tanev’s negotiations with Vancouver have been quiet lately, but his agent Ross Gurney claims that there are KHL clubs with interest in the blueliner.

“We are waiting to hear from [the Canucks],” Gurney told the Vancouver Sun. “We did have some momentum for a period of time a couple of weeks back, but we haven’t heard back from them since our last conversation. The only variable that has changed is that for whatever reason there seems to be an uptick in the amount of interest from the KHL.

“It’s interesting how many people are monitoring it (the negotiations).”

Gurney added that Tanev stills wants to re-sign with the Canucks, but the financial terms being discussed with the KHL teams are substantial.

“Chris grew up dreaming about playing in the NHL and is coming up to some very important years in his career,” Gurney added. “That said, we are in a position of listening and I think it gives him confidence there are a number of people monitoring the process…should things not go the way Chris wanted, they are kind of staking their claim.”

Meanwhile, Canucks assistant GM Laurence Gilman confirmed that the Canucks haven’t negotiated with Tanev in a couple of weeks, but he’s still optimistic about Vancouver’s chances of re-signing him.

“There is still a reasonable amount of time before our season and our training camp begins,” Gilman said.

Tanev has two goals, 10 points, a plus-14 rating, and 136 blocked shots in 92 career NHL games.

  1. canucks30 - Aug 13, 2013 at 11:35 AM


    • kaptaanamerica - Aug 13, 2013 at 2:48 PM

      it’s all posturing, you are correct. Tanev is also waiting for whatever other RFAs are out there to sign. No way Tanev should be asking anywhere close to Subban money on his bridge. So what does he want? Term?

      Canucks shouldn’t risk giving anyone term after a small sample size of work. He isn’t one of the top 4 d on the team (Garrison, Hamhuis, Bieksa, Edler in that order are the best D on the team).

      Tanev should get in the 1.5-2.0 mill per year for 2/3 years deal, he’s not at 2+ mill per year level. Wiercoich in OTT signed for 2mill per for 3 years. That’s the range i put Tanev in at most.

  2. thibbledorfpwent - Aug 13, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    Seems like the exact sort of player that John Torotella would want, and honestly with those numbers, it’s not like they’re squabbling in the 6-8 million dollar range, so what’s the outside factor that’s thrown a wrench in so sharply? Or could it be that – gasp – the knuckleheads management team is quite simply that poorly run? Oh wait this is all a smokescreen so Gillis can trade Hodgson, no biggie

    • davebabychreturns - Aug 13, 2013 at 10:27 PM



      Tanev is a fine young player who could help any NHL team, but the fact is he’s a player with zero pedigree, one dimension and less than two full seasons at the NHL level.. until he starts putting up numbers or negotiations start to include years in which he’d have been eligible for unrestricted free agency, there is no reason to give the kid a cent more than he’s shown he deserves.. Tanev has zero leverage which is exactly why the Canucks are sitting back and letting his agent see how far the “hey some KHL teams contacted us” card gets him.

      But of course you can spin this as some kind of failure of Canucks management – they’ve yet to sign a player with over a month to go before training camp! – despite the fact that several other teams have far more important players unsigned, but frankly it just highlights your bias.

      Oddly enough the player your “stupid brain” thought to include – Cody Hodgson – remains unsigned, with local reporters indicating his team despises his agent..

  3. thibbledorfpwent - Aug 13, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    Ugh. Meant Kassian, not hodgson, stupid brain, I’ll get you yet!

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