Chris Tanev traded to Dallas Stars, blocking shot in Flames jersey
Flames trade veteran defenseman Chris Tanev to the Dallas Stars.

The Calgary Flames have finally pulled the trigger, trading veteran defenseman Chris Tanev to the Dallas Stars. Tanev, a crucial part of Calgary’s blue line for the past several seasons, brings a wealth of experience and toughness to Dallas’ playoff push.

In exchange for Tanev, the Flames receive a 2024 second-round pick, a conditional 2026 third-round pick, and promising 20-year-old defenseman Artem Grushnikov. The Flames also retain 50% of Tanev’s salary, easing the cap burden on the Stars.

What Does This Trade Mean for the Flames?

The Flames find themselves in a transition period, and this move reflects that. Tanev, a pending unrestricted free agent, was unlikely to return next season. By getting valuable assets now, the Flames position themselves well for future moves. Grushnikov is a young defenseman with upside, and the draft picks offer flexibility during the rebuild.

What Does This Trade Mean for the Stars?

For the Dallas Stars, this trade signals a clear desire for immediate playoff success. Tanev is known for his defensive prowess, shot-blocking, and physical presence – all valuable attributes in the postseason. He adds a reliable right-shot defenseman to a Stars team looking to shore up its defense for a deep run.

Tanev’s contract situation does put a little pressure on Dallas to make a significant push this season. He’ll need a new deal in the summer, but for now, the Stars have bolstered their back line with a seasoned veteran.

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