Canucks sign Chris Tanev to one-year contract

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One of the Canucks' steadiest blueliners will be returning for another season.

Today, the team announced that Chris Tanev, 24, has signed a one-year contract for a reported $2 million.

Tanev was a favourite of former coach John Tortorella, scoring six goals and assisting on 11 others while making very few mistakes in his own end.

The young defenceman was plus 12 on the year, ranking only behind Dan Hamhuis, who was plus 13.

Contrast that with Alex Edler, who ended last season at a dismal minus 39.

Remarkably, the Toronto-born Tanev was never drafted by an NHL team and signed with the Canucks as a free agent in 2010.

He has only racked up 20 penalty minutes in 156 NHL games over four seasons.

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