Jets’ General Manager Kevin Cheveldayoff made it clear on Sunday that one arbitration hearing this summer would be more than enough for him. Shortly after returning home from Jacob Trouba’s hearing in Toronto, ON., Cheveldayoff and Tanev put pen to paper on a new deal for the 26-year-old.
Tanev, who put up career best numbers in the 2017-18 season, will look to boost his totals from the eight goals and 18 points he collected last year. The undrafted free agent signing has played a key role on Winnipeg’s penalty kill over the last two seasons.
In just 61 games played, the 6-foot, 180-pound winger collected 188 hits – 41 more than the Jets’ runner up, Dustin Byfuglien. The highlight of the season for the Toronto, ON. native came on March 27th, when Tanev collected his first career NHL hat trick in a 5-4 shootout victory at home against the Boston Bruins.
With Connor Hellebuyck, Adam Lowry, Jacob Trouba and now Brandon Tanev all signed to fresh deals, Cheveldayoff’s only time-sensitive contract left to be worked out is that of forward Marko Dano. The 23-year-old is scheduled to have his arbitration case heard on July 30th. Other notable restricted free agents in need of contracts before the beginning of the 2018-19 season include Josh Morrissey, Eric Comrie, Nic Petan, Tucker Poolman, Nic Kerdiles and JC Lipon.