Feb 09, 2013; Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA; Vancouver Canucks defenseman Chris Tanev (8) during the first period against the Calgary Flames at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

With No Leverage, Chris Tanev Re-Signs with Canucks for $1.5 Million

The Vancouver Canucks have re-signed restricted free agent defenceman Chris Tanev to a one-year contract worth $1.5 million.

“I am happy to sign,” Tanev told the Vancouver Sun’s Brad Ziemer.  “I am excited to get to Vancouver and see all the guys and get the year going. It’s a big relief.”

The signing brings the total signed defencemen to six (not including Frank Corrado) and leaves the Canucks with roughly $3.45 million in cap space for the upcoming season.

The Canucks have traditionally carried eight defencemen on their roster, so expect them to make some additional moves in the coming days. They are still looking for a third-pairing left-handed defenceman assuming Jason Garrison remains on the right side.

It was reported the Canucks had interest in defencemen Mark Fistric and Douglas Murray earlier, but both signed with the Anaheim Ducks and Montreal Canadiens respectively.

There’s a good chance the Canucks will bring back free agent Andrew Alberts, who has expressed interest in returning. It was reported in mid-July that the Canucks had been negotiating with 6’5″, 218-pound defenceman.

There are also still a number of quality free agent defencemen available on the market including Ron Hainsey, Ryan Whitney, Tom Gilbert, Greg Zanon, Ryan O’Byrne, and Mark Eaton. The Canucks could go in this direction as well.

Tanev had zero leverage as a restricted free agent with no arbitration rights. He only had two options: sign an offersheet or in Europe. Neither were really options for Tanev.

He wasn’t going to receive an offersheet from another team with a declining salary cap and teams pinching their wallets. The Canucks had the cap space to match any offersheet that came their way.

His agent Ross Gurney last week gave interviews to multiple media outlets in Vancouver indicating Tanev was receiving interest from the KHL and Switzerland, but the Canucks were unfazed by these revelations.

Tanev can expect to cash in next summer as a restricted free agent with arbitration rights next season especially if he puts up some decent offensive numbers.

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