NHL Rumors: Atlantic Division Team Has "Had Trade Talks" Regarding Brandon Tanev

The Ottawa Senators have reportedly engaged in discussions with the Seattle Kraken about acquiring winger Brandon Tanev, according to Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Citizen.

The Senators view the 32-year-old veteran, who is entering the final year of his contract with a $3.5 million cap hit, as a valuable addition to their third or fourth line. 

Tanev contributed seven goals and 16 points in 66 games last season, and his experience and energy could provide a significant boost to Ottawa's depth.

To accommodate Tanev's salary, the Senators are considering moving winger Mathieu Joseph, who has two years remaining on his contract at $2.95 million per season. 

This move would help clear cap space ahead of the NHL draft on June 28-29, positioning the Senators to further strengthen their roster. Ottawa is not seeking a significant return for Joseph, focusing instead on the financial flexibility this trade would provide.

Strategically, acquiring Brandon Tanev could also entice his older brother, defenseman Chris Tanev, to join the Senators if he becomes an unrestricted free agent. 

Chris Tanev, currently with the Dallas Stars after being traded from Calgary, has previously vetoed a move to Ottawa, but the chance to play alongside his brother might change his mind. 

The Senators are prepared to act quickly if Chris Tanev hits the market on July 1, leveraging the potential addition of Brandon as a compelling factor in their pursuit.

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