Toronto Maple Leafs Should Sign These 3 UFA Defenseman

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No. 3: Chris Tanev

It's funny that a lot of us have continued to make fun of Treliving for his moves, yet we keep wanting this team to sign players that he recently signed (ie. Zadorov and Tanev).

After watching Tanev in the playoffs with the Dallas Stars, it became very apparrant that the Leafs could use his services. He was a block-shot machine, was hitting everyone in sight and played extremely hard minutes every night. Averaging 22:18 TOI, Tanev was used in critical situations for Dallas and shined in the biggest moments.

One of the best ways I've seen someone describe Tanev is that he "empties the tank on every shift", which is a trait that you can't say about many Leafs lately. This team's identiy is one that falls under lazy and Tanev is the complete opposite of that. At 34-years-old, this is most likely his last big NHL contract before retirement, so he may chase the money, but at the same time, he's never won a Stanley Cup, so a winning team with potential could be more to his liking.

Not only is Toronto still in a solid window to win a Stanley Cup, but Tanev is a local kid from Toronto, so that could intrigue him to return home. This market shouldn't scare him, as he's already played 14 years in a Canadian market and should be able to handle it fine.


If Tanev can play the way he did in the playoffs this year with Dallas, his shot-blocking ability will make him a top-pairing defenseman on the Leafs, but his age does worry me a bit. Regardless, I think he's worth the risk and the Leafs should seriously consider signing him this offseason.