Vancouver Canucks sign Christopher Tanev to five year, $22.25m extension

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The Vancouver Canucks have reached an agreement with defenseman Christopher Tanev on a new five year contract extension.

The new deal sees Tanev earn $22.25 million US through to 2021 and sees the Canucks receive a cap hit of $4.45 million per season.

Christopher Tanev will be delighted to seal the deal and continue his NHL career with the Vancouver Canucks. He made his NHL debut for the team back in 2011 and has continued to improve each year.

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Impressive Skills

Tanev has tallied 10 goals and 33 assists throughout his 216 games with Vancouver. He’s not known for scoring lots of goals, but at age 25, he’s still got plenty to learn. Canucks GM Jim Benning and President Trevor Linden were pleased to secure the deal in the hopes that Tanev will become one of the team’s core defenseman in the future.

This was an excellent signing for the Vancouver Canucks organization. Tanev has shown tremendous potential and has proven that he can perform under pressure. He’s continually receiving an increase in ice time, which has allowed him to showcase his skills and secure the confidence of the Canucks staff. In Thursday’s victory against the Winnipeg Jets, Tanev logged 20 minutes of ice time.

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This season, Tanev has accumulated two goals and 14 assists in 61 games. He’s got excellent puck handling skills and is fearless when it comes to blocking shots. He still leads the Canucks in blocked shots with 153. All Tanev needs to do to moving forward is shoot the puck more. If he does that, he will move from a top four defenseman to a top two defenseman.

Bright Future Ahead

This contract will hopefully provide Tanev with even more confidence moving forward. The Vancouver Canucks currently sit in 6th place in the Western Conference. Guys like Tanev need to continue fighting to keep that playoff spot. The Jets and the Flames are in range of the Canucks. Therefore, Tanev is vital to the success for the Canucks both now and moving forward.
I’m confident that he’ll continue to improve and begin scoring goals more consistently in the future.

Regardless, Christopher Tanev is going to be a Vancouver Canuck for quite some time. I can’t wait to see what kind of positive impact he’ll have in the Canucks next game against the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday.

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