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Toronto Maple Leafs acquires Chris Tanev negotiating rights from Dallas Stars

Toronto Maple Leafs acquires Chris Tanev negotiating rights from Dallas Stars
Toronto Maple Leafs acquires Chris Tanev negotiating rights from Dallas Stars

The Toronto Maple Leafs have acquired the negotiating rights of defenseman Chris Tanev from the Dallas Stars in exchange for a seventh-round draft pick in 2026 and the expiring contract of forward Max Ellis.

According to TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun, Tanev’s agent Wade Arnott said they had not spoken to the Maple Leafs about a deal at the time of the trade.

TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger reports that the 34-year-old Tanev is expected to be looking for a deal between five and eight years. The most Toronto can offer him is seven years, and Dreger notes that they closed the deal on Saturday to jump-start negotiations.

Dreger adds that in addition to Tanev, the Leafs remain focused on blueliners Nikita Zadorov and Oliver Ekman-Larsson.

Tanev finished last season with the Stars after being acquired from the Calgary Flames for defenseman Artem Grushnikov on February 28 and being drafted.

The 6-foot-2 right-shooting defenseman scored two goals and 19 points in 75 games split between the Flames and Stars. He added two assists in 19 playoff games before the Stars were eliminated by the Edmonton Oilers in the Western Conference Final.

Tanev signed a four-year, $18 million contract with the Flames in October 2020.

Originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Vancouver Canucks in 2010, Tanev has 33 goals and 190 points in 782 career games split between the Canucks, Flames and Stars.