Tanev is a a guy who’s easy to root for but let’s be real. He was making too much money for too many years as a fourth liner. I still don’t understand the McCann move because the Penguins essentially lost two players in the expansion draft. This looks to be nothing more than clearing cap space meaning they probably feel good about someone on the roster stepping in for McCann and will look for a cheap replacement for Tanev.
The McCann trade makes a lot of sense. It was known that the Crackpipes wanted Tanev and McCann. Instead of losing two guys for nothing, we at least got a guy we had some interest in for his loss. We have a lot of cap space now and the kid.
Tanev was a bigger loss than some realize. I hope the new leadership team can make this work going forward. We need to be more gritty, less preppy.