Mar 19, 2013; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Vancouver Canucks defenseman Chris Tanev (8) during the first period against the St. Louis Blues at Rogers Arena. The Vancouver Canucks won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

Canucks and Chris Tanev To Begin Contract Negotiations

The Vancouver Canucks and defenceman Chris Tanev are expected to begin negotiations on a contract extension soon, according to News 1130 Sports.

Tanev is set to become a restricted free agent on July 5 (granted the Canucks issue him a qualifying offer of $850,500 to retain his rights). He will be looking for a raise from the $900,000 he earned over the course of his three-year entry-level contract.

The Canucks will want to have him locked up long-term before that as he could be a prime candidate for an offersheet with the shrinking salary cap next season. A team could offer a average annual salary of $3.36 million and if the Canucks don’t match, they will be only receiving a second round pick in compensation.

Fans can probably expect a multi-year contract in the ballpark of $2.5 million per season.

He will represent himself in negotiations with the help of his father, Mike Tanev. Mike says he contacted the Canucks last week and hopes to begin negotiations soon. No money figure has been thrown around yet, but he says he knows the market and has a number in mind.

Chris will be working with former NHLer turned fitness guru Gary Roberts for the third consecutive summer. He will be focussing on gaining strength.

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