The Dallas Stars picked up one of the biggest names in the trade market in a blockbuster, three-team deal. 

Chris Tanev joins the Dallas Stars. He was acquired from the Calgary Flames in a deal facilitated by the New Jersey Devils. 

The Stars gain a right-shot defenseman with over 814 games played in the National Hockey league, including 41 playoff contests. Tanev brings a steady defensive presence that will be able to lock things down while Jason Robertson, Matt Duchene, Joe Pavelski, and co. fill opposing nets. He can also allow Miro Heiskanen to play on his natural side. 

Heiskanen currently plays on the right side next to Thomas Harley. That top pairing has been elite, drawing the sixth-best expected goals percentage for defensive pairings, according to MoneyPuck. Head coach Pete DeBoer may be hesitant to tinker with the pairing. 

However, Heiskanen broke franchise records slotted on the left alongside Colin Miller and Ryan Suter last season. Tanev could be Heiskanen’s newest partner once the ex-Flame attains his US visa. 

The former Flame has been relied on by Calgary to be a defensive anchor, ranking first on the team in percentage of shift starts in the defensive zone (17.6%)

and blocked shots (171). 

His contract won’t be an issue because New Jersey and Calgary agreed to split the remainder of the blueliner’s contract ($4.5 average annual value) that expires after this season. 

Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill on the deal:

“I think first of all, high character. He’s a warrior, he plays the game the right way, plays hard, good size (6-foot-2, 193 pounds). You can match him up against other team’s best players, very good in the penalty-killing. Just high-end character, high-quality player and person.”

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