Maple Leafs sign defenseman Chris Tanev

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that the hockey club has signed defenseman Chris Tanev to a six-year contract. The contract has an average annual value of $4.5 million.

Tanev, 34, skated in 56 games for the Calgary Flames before being acquired by the Dallas Stars last season. With the Stars, Tanev recorded five points (1 goal, 4 assists) in 19 games and added two assists in 19 playoff games. In 792 career NHL regular games, the Toronto, ON native has recorded 190 points (33 goals, 157 assists) and 194 penalty minutes split between Vancouver, Calgary and Dallas. The 6'2, 193-pound defenseman has posted 13 points (one goal, 12 assists) in 60 playoff games.

Tanev was not signed to the team and joined the Vancouver Canucks as a free agent on May 31, 2010.

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