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MAJOR: Oilers Shockingly Linked to Star Defenseman From Divisional Rival

Published February 24, 2024 at 1:44 PM

With the playoff season fast approaching, the Calgary Flames' defenseman Chris Tanev is a hot name for teams aiming for a deep run. Known for his formidable presence on the ice and his dedication to the game, Tanev has caught the attention of many, including experts who foresee a surprising turn in his career trajectory.

Analysts Predict Chris Tanev Will Be Traded to the Edmonton Oilers

According to Daniel Nugent-Bowman of The Athletic, there's speculation that Tanev might join the Edmonton Oilers, a move that would add a new chapter to the storied Battle of Alberta.

"They will acquire Chris Tanev: As hated rivals, the Oilers and Flames are almost never trading partners. Steve Staios heading south in 2010 was the first deal consummated between the two teams. Since then, Ladislav Smid and Laurent Brossoit served as the main pieces in one swap, and Milan Lucic and James Neal changed places in the other — a case of flipping underperforming veteran wingers with bloated contracts."

Nugent-Bowman suggests that a trade for Tanev could be the most significant exchange ever between the two Alberta franchises, highlighting the defenseman's potential impact.

"Tanev would represent the most prominent player ever exchanged between the Alberta clubs. The Oilers could really use him as an upgrade over Cody Ceci next to Darnell Nurse. Tanev is believed to be one of the Oilers' most coveted targets. They can swing it if they pony up." — Daniel Nugent-Bowman

Tanev Potentially Joining Edmonton: Insights from an Expert

Tanev's experience and grit make him a valuable asset for any team heading into the postseason.

Despite already being 34 years old, Tanev is expected to command a significant return in the trade market, and Oilers GM Ken Holland must be ready to meet the Flames' price.

Tanev is set to become a free agent at the season's end, and his contract includes a 10-team no-trade clause. It remains uncertain if Edmonton is on that list or if Tanev would consider waiving it for this opportunity to play with Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl.
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MAJOR: Oilers Shockingly Linked to Star Defenseman From Divisional Rival

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