Maple Leafs Rumors: Reason Why Toronto Did Not Trade For Chris Tanev Revealed

According to insights from Nick Kypreos, the Toronto Maple Leafs opted against pursuing a trade for defenseman Chris Tanev before the deadline.

Kypreos suggested that while the potential cost of acquiring Tanev was a factor, the primary concern for the Leafs revolved around the significant financial implications of a potential contract extension.

The Dallas Stars ultimately acquired defenseman Chris Tanev from the Calgary Flames, along with goaltender Cole Brady from the New Jersey Devils. In return, they sent Artyom Grushnikov, a 2024 second-round pick, a conditional 2026 third-round pick to Calgary, and a 2026 fourth-round pick to the Devils, who will retain 50% of Tanev's salary for the remainder of the 2023-24 season.

Tanev is in the final year of a 4-year, $18M deal. He'll be an unrestricted free agent next year.

Reports indicated that Tanev's camp was seeking a salary in the vicinity of $5 million per season, with negotiations potentially lowering this figure, particularly if a fourth year was included in the deal.

However, given Tanev's age – set to turn 35 in December – the Leafs deemed such a contract financially risky, ultimately leading them to forego the trade opportunity.

Despite Tanev ultimately finding a new home with the Dallas Stars, the Leafs' decision underscores their prudent approach to roster management.

With General Manager Brad Treliving actively seeking to bolster the team's defensive lineup, including a keen interest in Joel Edmundson, the Leafs were not solely deterred by asset price considerations.

Ultimately, the organization prioritized fiscal responsibility and long-term viability, recognizing the potential risks associated with committing to a lucrative contract for a player entering his mid-thirties. Photo Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports