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Flames commerce Chris Tanev to Stars for Artem Grushnikov, 2024 second-round decide, 2026 conditional third-round decide

By Pierre LeBrun, Chris Johnston, Saad Yousuf and Julian McKenzie The Calgary Flames traded veteran defenseman Chris Tanev to the Dallas Stars for a 2024 second-round pick, a conditional 2026 third-round pick and prospect Artem Grushnikov, the teams announced. The Flames are retaining 50 percent of Tanev’s cap hit and salary. Calgary only receives Dallas’

Flames commerce Chris Tanev to Stars for Artem Grushnikov, 2024 second-round decide, 2026 conditional third-round decide

By Pierre LeBrun, Chris Johnston, Saad Yousuf and Julian McKenzie

The Calgary Flames traded veteran defenseman Chris Tanev to the Dallas Stars for a 2024 second-round decide, a conditional 2026 third-round decide and prospect Artem Grushnikov, the groups introduced. The Flames are retaining 50 p.c of Tanev’s cap hit and wage. Calgary solely receives Dallas’ 2026 third-round decide if the Stars advance to the 2024 Stanley Cup Remaining. If that doesn’t occur, no conditional decide might be transferred.

The Stars additionally despatched their 2026 fourth-round decide to the New Jersey Devils. The Devils retained 50 p.c of Tanev’s 2023-24 wage.

Tanev was in excessive demand as an efficient shutdown defender and is the No. 2 participant on The Athletic’s latest trade board.

Stars basic supervisor Jim Nill has struck some shrewd offers by the years however this has the potential to be proper on the prime of the listing. It wasn’t laborious for anyone across the NHL to see that the Stars had a dire scenario on the blue line, particularly uncovered with current accidents to Jani Hakanpää and Nils Lundkvist. That ought to have given groups leverage and attempt to pry one of many Stars’ prime three prospects in Logan Stankoven (just lately elevated to the NHL), Mavrik Bourque and Lian Bichsel.

The Stars have held agency that none of these three prospects have been on the desk in commerce discussions, particularly not for a rental. For Nill to get one of many prime right-shot defensemen available on the market with out giving up a prime prospect or a first-round decide is an instantaneous win. To get 50 p.c wage retention with how tight the Stars are towards the cap makes it even sweeter for Dallas, who will get to carry on to their present blueline group for extra depth.

The Flames will miss Tanev with this commerce. At 34, Tanev proved to be a dependable defensive defenseman whereas permitting Noah Hanifin to point out off his offensive items. His quiet, but humorous persona within the Flames locker room endeared him to many teammates. Together with his pending UFA standing within the air and a retool on the horizon, Tanev needed to be dealt forward of final week’s deadline. The argument may very well be made that if the Flames waited longer, the return for Tanev may’ve been completely different. However what if he received harm?

Tanev’s taking part in model seemingly performed a task in why this commerce occurred now and never subsequent week. Tanev has no drawback sacrificing his physique for the great of the staff, and can play by something. Whereas the danger of damage is on the market for any participant — and Tanev has confirmed to be largely sturdy throughout his Flames tenure — Tanev’s play model was trigger for extra concern than most.

Tanev’s addition immediately offers the Stars choices within the lineup for mixtures. They’ll select to place Miro Heiskanen and Thomas Harley collectively on the prime, a pairing that has been extremely productive for the Stars. They might additionally discover pairing a kind of pure lefties with Tanev and pairing the opposite with one other participant to raise a second pairing. Dallas coach Pete DeBoer may have choices to discover main into the postseason.

With no GMs on the market handing out a first-round decide for Tanev, this gave the impression to be the very best transfer Flames GM Craig Conroy may make. The Flames get a second-round decide on this 12 months’s draft, giving the Flames 4 picks between the primary two rounds. The Flames may also get a 2026 conditional third, however provided that the Stars undergo to the Stanley Cup Remaining this 12 months, and a venture prospect in 20-year-old Grushnikov.

What can be fascinating is the Flames’ retention of wage on Tanev, it’s not one thing that sometimes occurs with this franchise of their historical past by trades. However the Flames could have been extra snug doing so on an expiring contract in comparison with one with extra phrases.

On the floor, it’s a modest return contemplating what the expectation was. Until Grushnikov excels on the AHL stage and emerges within the subsequent few years, the prize of this deal is the 2024 second-rounder.

Tanev signed as a free agent with the Vancouver Canucks in Could 2010 and spent 10 seasons with the Canucks earlier than signing a four-year, $18 million contract with the Flames in 2020.

Tanev notched 14 factors with the Flames this season. He has one aim and 13 assists by 56 video games performed in 2023-24.

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