The mocking didn’t take long to hit social media on Thursday morning once it was publicly revealed that Canucks defenceman Chris Tanev will conduct his own contract negotiations on a new deal, with his father, Mike, as his “advisor.”
An NHL player contract being negotiated without a certified agent is unusual, and some of the online posts suggested the Tanevs would be taken to the cleaners by Canucks’ master negotiator Laurence Gilman.
“It’s disappointing that people are going to judge Christopher for making this decision without knowing any of the details behind it,” his dad, Mike Tanev, said on Thursday afternoon from Toronto.
Mike Tanev assisted his son when he signed with the Canucks as an undrafted free agent out of U.S. college in 2010. Chris Tanev received a three-year, entry level deal at $900,000 annually that was leveraged by two other teams offering him contracts (Ottawa and Washington) besides Vancouver.
Mike Tanev, who’s had a long career in sales, said the...