July 1, 2019 1:00 pm
Updated: July 2, 2019 11:34 am

Winnipeg Jets lose Brandon Tanev, Tyler Myers to free agency

Opening puck drop between the Winnipeg Jets and Los Angeles Kings NHL hockey action in Winnipeg, Tuesday, October 9, 2018.

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The Winnipeg Jets have lost two players from last season as the NHL free agent market opens.

The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed unrestricted free agent winger Brandon Tanev to a six-year contract worth $21 million, or $3.5 million per season.

The Vancouver Canucks, meanwhile, have signed defenceman Tyler Myers to a five-year contract worth $30 million, or $5 million per season.

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Tanev scored career highs in goals (14) and points (29) in 80 games this past season with the Winnipeg Jets. Tanev also signed as free agent out of the NCAA with the Jets after four seasons at Providence College.

Tanev has 51 points in 195 NHL games.

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Myers scored nine goals and recorded 31 points in 80 regular season games with the Winnipeg Jets this past season. The six-foot-eight-inch defenceman was traded to the Winnipeg Jets in 2015 from the Buffalo Sabres.

Myers has 191 assists and 265 points in 635 career NHL games.

Jets bring back defenseman Beaulieu

The Winnipeg Jets shored up their blue-line depth Monday, signing defenceman Nathan Beaulieu to a one-year contract worth US$1 million.

The 26-year-old was acquired in a trade with the Buffalo Sabres in February, recording five assists with Winnipeg.

Winnipeg chose not to tender a qualifying offer to Beaulieu, who was a restricted free agent, earlier this week. That made him an unrestricted free agent, but the two sides came to an agreement to keep him in the Manitoba capital.

The native of Strathroy, Ont., also played 30 games for Buffalo in 2018-19, putting up three goals and four assists.

In seven NHL seasons with the Montreal Canadiens, Buffalo and Winnipeg, he’s registered 11 goals and 81 points in 332 games. Originally drafted 17th overall by Montreal in 2011, Beaulieu’s added four assists in 17 playoff outings.

With files from The Canadian Press

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