Vancouver Canucks restricted free agent defenceman Chris Tanev is receiving interest from teams in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) and Swiss Elite League, according to his agent Ross Gurney.
While no formal contract has been offered, Gurney said both term and money were discussed. He said the KHL contract — Gurney said two KHL clubs had shown interest — would have to be multi-year because of Tanev’s age and would have no “out” clause if the impasse with the Canucks were to end.
Gurney said the money from the Swiss league club “drops off quite a bit from the KHL,” but would include the ability to leave the team in-season if a deal with the Canucks could be reached.
Canucks assistant general manager Laurence Gilman says these overseas offers will not have an impact on negotiations and feels there is still plenty of time to complete a deal.
“No, it doesn’t change anything,” Gilman told The Province. “If he goes, he goes. We have to run a business here and we operate within a system. We want to get him signed. He’s a valued member of our organization.
“But there has to be mutual assent to get a contract done. There’s still a lot of time to camp, and we’re optimistic it’ll get done.”
Gurney says his client wishes to remain with the Canucks and is open to signing a short- or long-term contract.
“Chris is open to anything and that is what makes the process relatively easy on our part,” Gurney told the Vancouver Sun. “If it’s one year, I think Chris is prepared to play it like that. If it’s multi-year, obviously there is then the benefit of security.”
It sounds like posturing on the part of Gurney. If Tanev does sign overseas, it will be a fallback option and there will be an out-clause for him to return to the Canucks.