Grades for Each of the Toronto Maple Leafs Free-Agency Moves

May 25, 2024; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Stars defenseman Chris Tanev (3) in action during the game between the Dallas Stars and the Edmonton Oilers in game two of the Western Conference Final of the 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
May 25, 2024; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Stars defenseman Chris Tanev (3) in action during the game between the Dallas Stars and the Edmonton Oilers in game two of the Western Conference Final of the 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports / Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
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Chris Tanev

He's 34 years old and injury prone due to the punishing style he plays.

He is also one of the only defense first NHL defenseman to be worth the money. In his prime, he's a top 10 blue-liner and the true number-one the Leafs have lacked for years.

But is he still in his prime?

He is signed until he's 40. I love this player, I don't love the contract.

I love the risk/reward profile here, but it's undercut by going cheap in net.

Still, adding a player like this is hard to do and the Leafs did add one of the few impact players available yesterday.

It's not the worst deal, but it just doesn't make sense when paired with Anthony Stolarz and not say Jusse Saros.

With a better goalie, or just the player alone, I'd give this an A- but considering what actually went down:

B-