Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 8/22/13
Tanev a must-sign It isn’t ideal for a Vancouver Canucks team with Cup aspirations to be at an impasse with a important part heading into the year- ideally all of your core is healthy, in a good frame of mind and together for the start of camp.  The Vancouver Canucks took another step in having everything in place for camp by agreeing to a one year pact with RFA defenseman Chris Tanev at a reasonable $1.5m. On the other hand, maybe Tanev would’ve held out into the start of the season, came back better than ever and eventually win a Norris Trophy a-la P.K. Subban of 2012-13, highly unlikely though. Tanev is a defensively solid defenseman who won’t win you any fantasy hockey pools. He is calm and composed and makes smart plays more often than not, including the ever-crucial strong first pass out of his own end. He is still young at 23 years old and has developed into a very efficient NHL defenseman after going undrafted and then subsequently signed out of college. Having only six de...
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