In the last few seasons what has befallen Chris Tanev has soon befallen the Nucks. As in the Nucks be fallen’ in the standings.
Tanev has been the cool, calm rock of backend stability for the Canucks for almost a decade (has it been that long already?). He’s been a gifted defender for the Nucks and a wicked offensive machine when he gets worked up. Which isn’t that often, since he’s so cool and calm.
Early on in his career, Chris earned the title ‘Gumby’ for continuing to play while absorbing much punishment. From opposing hockey players. In recent seasons, he still had to absorb the punishment on ice, but also had to absorb punishment off ice from the NM Faery Watch.
The Gumby phase of his career was much shorter than hoped. In fact, only in the 2014-2015 season did Tanev play 70 games or more.
Career Stats (Career Canuck too)
The last 3 seasons Chris has been the poster child for the drive to reduce the regular NHL season to 55 games. Or less. 42 is the answer.
We’re pretty sure (me and my imaginary Cup gambling friends) if the regular season was only 42 games and with 7 playoffs games (skipping the boring middle grind bits), Chris would have been in (almost) every game and we’d have a Cup hanging from the rafters in the ROG. Some might say the league would frown on hanging the Cup up in the rink like a cheap ornament, but we say, don’t give out fake Repli-Cups and expect real respect. When I say we, usually means just me. But I digest.
If it feels like I’m stalling about something. Maybe it’s because I don’t want to block cheapshots from the comments with my face. The way Chris fearlessly blocks 100mph pucks with his.
Chris, because he’s so cool and calm, will block shots with his face. Or hand or other vulnerable area to prevent a possible goal. That’s gotta hurt. And has. Why does Chris block so many shots? Is he like most D-man that have an instinctive distrust of goalies? We don’t know.
What we do know is there is the Duck ‘n Cover Tan-man ritual witnessed far too many times in too many NM gamethreads.
In the first Nucks victory over the Vegas Stolen Knights last October, Chris was 1 of 3 Faery sacrifices required to qualify for the win.
Chris would prove to be a popular Faery attractant through out the season. Just when the season was getting back on track, the Faeries of February carried Chris away to an undisclosed fabulous rehab shindig.
Despite missing so many games, Chris has been one of the best D on a team of weak D. So... that’s something. Other than that one season aberration, Tanev has never been on the minus side of the +/- stat. Something very few Nucks defenders have achieved in the last... er... very long time.
Tanev turns 30 this December 20th. The NM Faery pool will take your bets soon about who and where Chris will be spending his B-day party.
He’s still young and cool and calm, but does Chris have the resiliency to play a full 60 game season again?
We’ll find out soon enough. Probably too soon.