Chris Tanev signs up an agent; contract next?

Patrick Johnston
June 24 2013 03:23PM

Chris Tanev
Chris Tanev is on the verge of re-upping with the Canucks (photo: Loxy!!/Flickr cc)

Jim Jamieson of The Province reported Monday morning that wunderkind Canucks defenceman had passed on Cam Charron as a potential agent, choosing instead to go with a true professional, Ross Gurney.

Gurney is Duncan Keith's agent, among others.

A few thoughts, after the jump.

“In the best interests of Christopher, we have decided to get an agent involved at this stage of the game,” said Mike Tanev on Monday morning from his Toronto home. “His expertise will hopefully bring this to a quick conclusion.” 

Two key dates are coming up. The Canucks must make Tanev a qualifying offer by July 2 to retain his rights – which, of course, they will do. And, if no deal is done by July 5 Tanev becomes an RFA and can field an offer sheet from another NHL club.

Tanev bringing in a pro after having started negotiations on his own last month is not a bad sign, in fact it's a sign that everything but the I's and lower-case J's have been dotted.

This is going to be a big week for the Canucks; first, there's the expected announcement on Tuesday of John Tortorella as Alain Vigneault's replacement, then, hopefully, Tanev's signing will follow.

Last month, Thomas Drance speculated on Tanev's future - the emergence of Frank Corrado and his offensive upside, coupled with Jason Garrison moving to the right side, suggested that perhaps he might be expendable.

Drance found himself pondering the rest of the Canucks' defence corps, especially the future of Alex Edler:

I'm not totally against the notion of trading Alex Edler this offseason (even though it would be a dick move to do so on the heels of him committing to the team long-term). But it's worth mentioning that if you're not getting a bonafide, young, NHL-ready third-line centre on an entry-level contract in exchange for the Swedish defenceman, it's just not a deal worth making.

 

Which allows us to circle back to Chris Tanev. On many teams in the National Hockey League Chris Tanev is a top-four defenceman, and it seems very possible that one or two of those teams might come knocking with a predatory offer sheet if the Canucks low-ball the slick restricted free-agent this summer.

That unappealing prospect combined with Tanev's carefully managed minutes this past season (which I might suggest make him a potentially over-valued asset on the trade market), suggest to me that the Canucks might be better off shopping Chris Tanev before he hits the restricted free-agent market in July.

Chris Tanev's value is a complicated one. He'd likely attract free agent interest, meaning the Canucks might find themselves overpaying slightly to prevent him being on the market at all. 

Then again, with this week expected to be a bit wild ahead of the draft, with compliance buyouts and the like looming, anything could happen.

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Patrick Johnston is a Vancouver journalist. In addition to regular contributions here at Canucks Army, his work has appeared in The Province, Hockey Now and on the CBC. Check out his blog and other writing at http://johnstonwrites.wordpress.com or follow him on twitter: @risingaction
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#1 NM00
June 24 2013, 03:34PM
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"Tanev bringing in a pro after having started negotiations on his own last month is not a bad sign, in fact it's a sign that everything but the I's and lower-case J's have been dotted."

It could just as easily be interpreted as a sign that the Tanev camp feels they are being lowballed at the moment.

We really have no idea at this point.

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#3 NM00
June 24 2013, 03:54PM
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@Patrick Johnston

"given that Tanev's dad said they'd bring in a professional only if he needed professional advice, it seems more likely that this is about some 'what ifs'."

Perhaps they need professional advice because, again, the Tanev camp feels they are being lowballed and have consulted an agent to make sure Chris signs a contract in his best interest.

Based on the information in the article, we have no idea if the two sides are close or if they are miles apart. As such, why make an assumption?

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#4 Lemming
June 24 2013, 05:35PM
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I don't know why everyone seems to assume teams will come falling over themselves to offer Tanev an offer sheet. I'm pretty sure he's a relative unknown outside Vancouver, where I'm pretty sure he's really overvalued.

It's not that I don't like Tanev, I do. But I just don't think he's so highly regarded in the hockey world as he's made out to be. There's a good chance that he's hit his ceiling already. I just think the demand for his services are not that high.

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#5 @Jyrki21
June 25 2013, 09:41AM
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I tend to agree with Lemming. Tanev has no pre-NHL pedigree and no fancy offensive numbers, so I don't think he'll be on many teams' radars. I'm not sure if the advanced-stats gurus in other fanbases have picked up on him at all, but he's the type of guy who, if he played for Carolina or something, none of us would have heard of. And I honestly don't think GMs themselves are really orders of magnitude more plugged in to the nuances of other team's players than the fans are.

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#7 NM00
June 25 2013, 02:41PM
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@Patrick Johnston

Didn't Hansen have to go through arbitration to get a one way contract and nice raise in the summer of 2010?

That was a tense negotiation IIRC.

Not that it has anything to do with what we are discussing...

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