Vancouver, BC (SportsNetwork.com) - Vancouver Canucks defenseman Chris Tanev has signed a five-year contract extension.
Financial terms were not disclosed, but the deal will take the 25-year-old blueliner through the 2020-21 season.
Tanev has two goals and a career-high 14 assists in 60 games entering Tuesday's action. His plus-10 rating is also the second-best mark on the team and he leads the club in short-handed ice time per game.
"Chris has developed into an excellent NHL defenseman and is an extremely important part of our team," said Canucks general manager Jim Benning in a statement Tuesday. "He's a player you want on the ice in the most critical points of a game and we're excited about having him with our group as we continue to play to win today, with an eye to the future."
Tanev set career highs of six goals and 17 points in 64 games for the Canucks last season. In 216 NHL games since making his debut with the club in 2010-11, the Toronto native has 10 goals and 43 points with a plus-36 rating.