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The Alex Tanguay Sweepstakes
- Updated: July 23, 2009
The rumor going around the net is that the Calgary Flames are pushing to bring back former Flame Alex Tanguay, who will provide secondary scoring and veteran depth for the team and help alleviate the loss of departed-free-agent Mike Cammalleri. Sources say that an announcement about the signing could be made within the next few days.
Alex Tanguay may arguably be the most prolific free agent still available out of this years free agent pool. Tanguay, who won a cup with Colorado in 2001, is rumored to be asking for a figure in the ballpark of $5 million per season.
Tanguay has posted several productive seasons in his stints with the Avalanch and Calgary Flames. Tanguay has posted 50 points or more seven times in his career. In 2005-06, the left wing netted a career-high 29 goals and finished the season with 78 points. The next season, Tanguay added to his point total by tallying 81 points with the Calgary Flames. However, his production dipped the next season with the Flames to 58 points.
In an injury-shortened season with the Montreal Canadiens in 2008-09, Tanguay posted 41 points in 50 games. However, his unwillingness to play in the playoffs made many question his work ethic and the stability of his nagging shoulder injury that sidelined him for 32 games. Critics of Tanguay’s play often call him “soft.”
Several other teams are rumored to be looking at Tanguay. Rumor has it that Tanguay has spoken with the New York Islanders about a contract offer. Other interested teams include the Tampa Bay Lighting, Phoenix Coyotes, Florida Panthers and Nashville Predators.