Plan B: Alex Tanguay?

Jonathan Willis
July 13 2009 06:00PM

The frantic pace of the first two days of free agency has slowed down to a trickle. With so few free agents still available, the folks who cover hockey rumours have focused in on the remaining stars, and among forwards there isn’t a bigger name on the market than Alex Tanguay.

David Pagnotta of the Fourth Period reports that the Phoenix Coyotes have had multiple conversations with Tanguay’s agent, and adds the following:

The Ottawa Senators, Dallas Stars, Edmonton Oilers, New York Islanders and Florida Panthers have also reportedly contacted Tanguay's agent.

Tanguay is a responsible two-way player who has hovered near the point-per-game mark for the majority of his career, but he has two weaknesses which make him less than ideal for the Oilers:

  • a) he isn’t overly big or consistently physical
  • b) he’s more of a playmaker than a goal-scorer

It’s too bad really, since for the right price Tanguay is an excellent player. Year after year, he and his linemates score more than the opposition. In Calgary two years ago, he was derided for his lack of offensive production although that certainly wasn’t the case at even-strength; he just wasn’t putting up powerplay numbers.

Regardless, despite the fact that I like this player he isn’t a fit in Edmonton – and not just for the two reasons listed above. The fact of the matter is that Edmonton doesn’t have the cap space to absorb Tanguay’s contract without sending away someone like Dustin Penner, or a combination of Steve Staios and Robert Nilsson. I imagine that Steve Tambellini was kicking the tires (as he should) and hoping for a bargain, but it’s difficult to picture a scenario where he brings Tanguay in as the solution to the Oilers’ top-line woes, unless he can find someone to take on a contract without taking money in return.

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Jonathan Willis is a freelance writer. He currently works for Oilers Nation, Sportsnet, the Edmonton Journal and Bleacher Report. He's co-written three books and worked for myriad websites, including Grantland, ESPN, The Score, and Hockey Prospectus. He was previously the founder and managing editor of Copper & Blue.
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#51 Steve Thomas
July 14 2009, 10:39AM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

I can just see it now. Horc wins the Faceoff and the puck makes it back to Visnovsky. Vis moves the puck up ice to Tanguay who quickly dishes it off to Hemsky, who is catching the defenders sleeping. Hemsky heads to the net and makes a beautiful cross crease pass to Tanguay who immediately passes it to Horcoff waiting in the slot. The Goalie has lost his balance and the net is practicaly empty. All Horc has to do is hit the net and it’s a sure goal. If only he could. If only he could.

BWAHAHAHAH Horc misses the net by a country kilometer again!!! Good thing The Oilers put so much time and money into this never was!!!!

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#52 oil fan
July 14 2009, 02:43PM
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Same team same old dance sorry to say

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#53 David S
July 14 2009, 06:26PM
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Ender the Dragon wrote:

In the first place, you should give your head a slap for even bothering to reference . . . The Snuffleupagus let it slip that there’s going to be a four-way swap between Ottawa, Atlanta, Phoenix, and Vancouver. Watch for it. In the second place, rumours of Phaneuf for Heater have been at the top of everyone’s pile ever since Dany asked for a trade, and only picked up speed after the Flamers picked up JayBo. I really thought it would happen, at first, but now I think if it were going to happen it would have happened already.

Yeah, I figured I'd have that one coming. "Mental note: Eklund = bad."

Funny thing is that I got to his site by checking over Tencer's Tweets. Considering how dubious his rumors are, it always amazes me how he has the ears of the (supposedly) credible MSM guys.

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