Tanev signs for another year 0
Vancouver Canucks re-sign Chris Tanev Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013. (REUTERS FILE PHOTO)
It took longer than expected but the Vancouver Canucks finally re-signed Chris Tanev Thursday.
The 23-year-old defenceman was a restricted free agent, coming off the final season of his entry-level deal worth $900,000. His new contract is reportedly for one year at $1.5 million.
Last season, the Toronto native scored twice and added five assists in 38 games — his first full campaign with the big club.
With Vancouver needing depth on the backend, the re-upping of their young blueliner becomes all the more important. The two sides were unable to come to terms once the free agency window opened July 5, and Tanev didn’t have arbitration rights.
About a week ago, his agent played the KHL card, claiming that a couple of teams from the Russian league had shown interest in Tanev. But alas, the deal was finally hammered out with about three weeks to go until the Canucks training camp.
Vancouver also announced the re-signing of another depth defenceman in Andrew Alberts. The 32-year-old was an unrestricted free agent, but — having explored the market — returned to the Canucks Thursday. He had one assist and 32 penalty minutes in 24 games last season.