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August 13, 2013 | 9:50am ET
Tanev gets calls from KHL teams

Restricted free agent defenseman Chris Tanev has attracted interest from two KHL teams as he waits for the Canucks to take contract talks to the next level.

The Toronto native has also received calls from teams in the Swiss Elite League.

Tanev's agent, Ross Gurney, told the Vancouver Sun the dollars being discussed with the KHL clubs are significant, but his client's intentions are to re-sign with the Canucks.

"We are waiting to hear from them," Gurney told the paper. "We did have some momentum for a period of time a couple of weeks back, but we haven't heard back from them since our last conversation. The only variable that has changed is that for whatever reason there seems to be an uptick in the amount of interest from the KHL.

"It's interesting how many people are monitoring (the negotiations). But Chris's full intentions are to sign with Vancouver and we felt we had some momentum so that is a bit discouraging. Vancouver controls the timeline."

Tanev, 23, registered two goals, five assists, a plus-four rating and 10 penalty minutes in 38 games with the Canucks last season.

Gurney wouldn't get into specifics of what has been discussed with the KHL teams, but did indicate that it has caught their attention.

"The amount of money being discussed is substantial," he said.

"Everyone loves to be wanted. I don't think he grew up dreaming to play in the KHL. Chris grew up dreaming about playing in the NHL and is coming up to some very important years in his career. That said, we are in a position of listening and I think it gives him confidence there are a number of people monitoring the process... should things not go the way Chris wanted, they are kind of staking their claim."

Gurney indicated that Tanev is open to a one-year deal, a short-term deal or a long-term contract.

Canucks Assistant GM Laurence Gilman believes "there is still a reasonable amount of time before our season and our training camp begins and we are optimistic that we will get something done."

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