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PENGUINS REPORTEDLY PLAN TO PURSUE CHRIS TANEV

It looks like the Pittsburgh Penguins want both Tanev brothers in the NHL to be on their roster. After signing forward Brandon Tanev last year, a report from the Athletic states the Pens are attempting to clear up cap space to go after defenceman Chris Tanev of the Vancouver Canucks should he hit the free agent market on October 9th.

"Adding a right-handed shot defenseman is a priority for the Penguins, and [GM Jim] Rutherford is expected to try clearing enough cap space to pursue Christopher Tanev on the open market, multiple team and league sources said," wrote The Athletic's Rob Rossi and Josh Yohe.

"Christopher Tanev is set to turn 31 in December, but his age is not a concern for the team. And Rutherford is not averse to extending Tanev an offer that would run concurrent with the final five years of Brandon Tanev’s contract, the team source said."



Chris Tanev has been with the Vancouver Canucks his entire NHL career, since signing with the team as an undrafted free agent out of the U.S. college hockey system in 2010. He was named Rookie of the Year in his only season playing college hockey.

Pittsburgh is attempting to shake up the team somewhat after a disappointing exit from the playoffs this season in the qualifying round. However, Rutherford has stated he's not really interested in trading members of his core, which would include Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang.

TIM TUCKER
SEPTEMBER 22, 2020  (13H01)