Calgary Flames’ Chris Tanev leaves game with upper body injury

Calgary Flames defenseman Chris Tanev left Monday night’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets with what appeared to be an upper body injury.

The incident happened in the first period when Tanev and Blue Jackets forward Eric Robinson collided near the Flames bench. Tanev immediately bent down in pain and grabbed his shoulder to immediately head for the bench. He recorded 2:32 of ice time.

The 32-year-old has had a history of injuries throughout his career. In 2019, while with the Vancouver Canucks, he suffered a season-ending ankle injury. A shoulder injury forced him to miss four games in the 2022 Flames playoffs and last May he underwent surgery for a torn labrum. Tanev has already missed seven games this season for the Flames with upper-body injuries.

Tanev has eight points (one goal, seven assists) in 39 games this season and had a multi-point night against the Dallas Stars on Jan. 14. During the 2021-22 campaign, he recorded a career-high 28 points (6G, 22A) in 82 games. He had one assist and 19:34 of ice time in eight playoff games with the Flames. Throughout his career with the Canucks and Flames, he totaled 166 points in 691 regular season games.

This is Tanev’s third season with the Flames organization. In October 2020, he signed a four-year, $18 million contract with an average annual value (AAV) of $4.5 million. He is in the third year of the contract.

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