Chris Tanev spotted wearing walking boot after game five injury

Graham Montgomery
May 30, 2024  (8:59 PM)

Dallas Stars defenseman Chris Tanev in a walking boot at the Edmonton airport
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Dallas Stars defenseman Chris Tanev was spotted at the Edmonton airport this morning walking with a boot on his right foot after he left game four of the Western Conference final early.

He left the Stars bench late in the second period after he blocked a shot from Oilers forward Evander Kane. The shot hit the outside of Tanev's right skate and he immediately appeared to be in a lot of discomfort, staying on the bench momentarily before limping down the hallway to the locker room.
Chris Tanev has gone to the Stars dressing room after blocking a shot.

Speculation about his status immediately blew up, especially when the tough-as-nails blueliner did not return to the bench for the start of the 3rd period. Rumors crept up last night that he had left Rodgers Place in a walking boot and that was seemingly confirmed this morning when fans spotted him at the Edmonton Airport, away from his teammates.
Chris Tanev in a boot leaving Edmonton this morning.

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Multiple fans spotted Tanev at the airport, getting pictures of him in a couple different locations, including what appeared to be the gate for his flight home.
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Stars head coach Peter DeBoer could not provide a clear answer on Tanev's status this morning. He noted that he will be getting some additional imaging done today and he is 'fingers crossed' that he will be available for game five.
Pete DeBoer doesn't have an update on Chris Tanev: «He'll see the doctor and we'll take some pictures today, and we'll cross our fingers.»

Tanev has a reputation as one of the toughest players in the league, so losing him would take a serious injury. He has also been one of the team's best defenders, making him a crucial part of their run, exactly why Jim Nill targeted him at the trade deadline. Hopefully for the Stars, he will be healthy enough to return tomorrow night, but even then, he clearly will not be 100%.
Source: Markerzone
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