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Penguins Agree to Terms with Forward Brandon Tanev on a Six-Year Contract

by Pittsburgh Penguins @penguins / Media Release

The Pittsburgh Penguins have agreed to terms with forward Brandon Tanev on a six-year contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

The deal will run through the 2024-25 campaign and carries an average annual value of $3.5 million.

Tanev, 27, is coming off of a career year in which he recorded personal bests in goals (14), assists (15), points (29), hits (278) and blocked shots (81). His 278 hits were third most in the NHL, while his 81 blocked shots ranked third among all NHL forwards. 

The defensively-responsible winger was a staple on Winnipeg's penalty kill, averaging a career-best 2:08 minutes of shorthanded time-on-ice per game, good for second-most among Jets forwards in 2018-19. He also chipped in with a team-best two shorthanded goals (tied), while his five shorthanded goals over the past two seasons is tied for fifth-most in the NHL.

A native of Toronto, Ontario, Tanev has appeared in 195 career NHL games with Winnipeg, recording 24 goals, 27 assists, and 51 points and is plus-16. He has suited up for 22 career playoff games, where he's tallied eight points (5G-3A).

The 6-foot, 180-pound Tanev originally signed with the Winnipeg Jets as an undrafted free agent on March 30, 2016 after a solid four-year career with Providence College. During his time in Providence, Tanev appeared in 149 career games, scoring 35 goals, 42 assists and 77 points. He helped the Friars win their first NCAA Championship in program history in 2014-15 after scoring the game-winning goal against Jack Eichel and Boston University in the championship game to take down the Terriers, 4-3.

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