Senators Rumors: Ottawa Interested in Adding Chris Tanev

The Ottawa Senators are an interesting team to watch ahead of the March 8 trade deadline. They have a new management team and with a disappointing outcome so far this season, GM Steve Staios is going to try to re-tool on the fly and turn things around as quickly as possible.

While most of the talk has been trade rumors surrounding Jakob Chychrun, Vladimir Tarasenko and Dominik Kubalik, there was a new nugget dropped by one of hockey's best insiders on Saturday night. Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet confirmed during the Hockey Night in Canada broadcast, expect to see the Sens have serious interest in both trying to trade for Tanev ahead of the deadline and or signing him this upcoming summer.

Tanev, 34, is owed $4.5 million this season, he holds a 10-team no-trade clause and if the Flames are still in the mix for a wildcard spot throughout February, don't expect to see Flames GM Craig Conroy move his best defensive defenseman ahead of the deadline.

The Senators are desperate for some help on their right side and for a defensive stopper, so this report makes a ton of sense. There's also been talk about the Toronto Maple Leafs having interest in the Toronto native, as GM Brad Treliving is very familiar with Tanev from their days together in Calgary.

Tanev's recorded nine points in 46 games so far this season and if you ask a lot of his teammates, they will say he's the toughest player they've ever played with and is willing to do whatever he can to help his team win, even if it means blocking a shot with his face.

Here's the video from Friedman:

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