Flames, Chris Tanev agree to four-year, $18M contract

NHL Insider Elliotte Friedman joins Sportsnet Central to break down the biggest signings and moves on the first day of NHL free agency.

Hours after agreeing to terms with goaltender Jacob Markstrom, the Calgary Flames have added a second former Vancouver Canuck by signing defenceman Christopher Tanev.

According to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman and Chris Johnston, the deal is for four years and has an average annual value of $4.5 million.

Tanev, 30, had two goals and 18 assists along with a plus-4 rating in 69 games with the Vancouver Canucks this past season. He went on to register a goal and six assists in 17 appearances during the 2019-20 Stanley Cup Playoffs, helping the Canucks reach Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Vegas Golden Knights.

Tanev, who has spent his entire NHL career with the Canucks, departs with more than 500 regular-season games played for the Canucks, ranking him 10th all-time among defencemen in franchise history.

The Flames now have approximately $6.4 million in projected cap space remaining after signing Tanev and his Canucks teammate in goaltender Markstrom, who signed a six-year, $36-million contract earlier on Friday.

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