July 12, 2024
Maple Leafs, defenseman Chris Tanev reach 6-year contract

Maple Leafs, defenseman Chris Tanev reach 6-year contract

Maple Leafs, defenseman Chris Tanev reach 6-year contract

Chris Tanev and the Toronto Maple Leafs agreed to a six-year contract price $4.5 million yearly, simply days after the defenseman’s rights had been traded to his hometown staff.

Tanev, who was a pending unrestricted free agent, had his rights traded Saturday by the Dallas Stars to the Leafs in change for a 2026 seventh-round decide and prospect ahead Max Ellis.

Getting his rights allowed the Leafs to have an unique window to get a deal accomplished with Tanev earlier than he may reach the open market with free company set to begin at midday ET.

Strengthening their protection inside the confines of getting three gamers who make greater than $10 million yearly has been a problem for the Leafs over the previous few seasons. That quantity was pushed to 4 beginning with the 2024-25 season with William Nylander‘s eight-year extension price $11.5 million yearly kicking in.

One of the aims dealing with the Leafs this offseason was looking for a right-handed shot who may complement Morgan Rielly to provide them a brand new look on their prime defensive pairing.

Adding Tanev accomplishes that objective.

He offers the Leafs that top-pairing, right-handed shot defenseman whose prowess as a extra defensive-minded participant works in tandem with Reilly, a puck-mover who completed with seven objectives and 58 factors in 72 video games final season.

Plus, the Leafs will obtain some offensive contributions from Tanev as he has had 11 straight seasons of greater than 10 factors.

Figuring out what would occur with Tanev was one of many large questions dealing with the Stars after they had been eradicated from the Western Conference Final by the Edmonton Oilers.

The Stars got here into Monday with simply two defensemen underneath contract whereas Thomas Harley is a pending restricted free agent who obtained a qualifying supply Sunday.

As for the Leafs, signing Tanev now offers them seven defensemen underneath contract whereas having what CapFriendly tasks as $7.58 million in accessible cap house.