Flames Rejected Avalanche Trade Offer for Chris Tanev

Before the Dallas Stars ended up winning the Chris Tanev sweepstakes, the Calgary Flames received a slew of interesting trade offers. The latest details to be revealed from the trade discussions this past week were out of Colorado and how the Avs offered Ryan Johansen and a first-round pick for Tanev.

Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic reported on the offer, one that Flames GM Craig Conroy wanted no part there. As he wanted a first-rounder for Tanev, there were a number of teams who offered their 2024 pick up, however packaged with a 'bad contract'.

Johansen ended up being dealt to the Philadelphia Flyers in the Sean Walker trade and was immediately assigned to the AHL, as the Flyers aren't interested in him as a long-term option and his relationship with head coach John Tortorella is rocky at best.

From Lebrun:

And again, MacFarland could not comment on this, but league sources confirm he had talked with Calgary about a similar package — a first-round pick and Johansen — for Chris Tanev. Calgary wasn’t interested in taking on the Johansen contract, and the Flames liked the Stars’ offer.

Johansen is signed through next season at a $4 million cap hit thanks to the Nashville Predators eating $4 million of his salary when they shipped him off to the Avs. The 31-year-old has a patchy history of not caring enough on and off the ice and it's become quite obvious over the years when you see franchise after franchise giving up on him. 

Johansen has yet to appear in an AHL game, and in 63 appearances with the Avs, had posted 23 points.

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