Plan B: Alex Tanguay?

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.

  • Hippy

    I might offer as well why does everyone think that Penner will do so much better next year under Quinns watch and there is still no hope for Nilsson the guy is one of the top skaters on the team and everybody just wants to trade him for a bag of pucks I don't know just my opinion

  • Hippy

    And for the loss of Staios+Nilsson

    Penner – Horcoff – Hemsky
    Tanguay – O'Sullivan – Gagner
    Cogliano – ? – Pisani (tho it would be Moreau LW Cogs C – but dammit Jim, we need a Center who can win faceoffs not a damn winger there)
    Moreau – Pouliot – Stortini

    Id take that, and I think Tanguay will be cheaper than 4.9 cap hit

  • Hippy

    yeah if you removed staois and even a marginal player you would have 3.6 mil in cap space. I think tanguay signs for somewhere close to the penner deal 4.25 ovr 2 years.

  • Hippy

    @ West Coast Oil:
    No, I say high hopes that MPS, Omark, Eberle all turn out. With our draft record Ill be happy if 1 does. I got hopes for Toni Rajala too.

    We have some good young talent and no MacT to turn them into career 3rd liners, so I wont stomp on the dreams too much lol

  • Hippy

    @ Hemmertime
    Im hoping for the best but preparing for the worst.
    If I'm not mistaken Omark signed a one year contract in the KHL and if he lights it up you know the Oilers will have pressure to bring him over next year and keep him on the big team. With MPS several reports state he is close to NHL ready now so is it really hard to think he may be on the roster in the next 2 to 3 years. Eberle is probably the longest shot and he did okay in the AHL last year (mind you on a very limited audition).
    I personally would rather see them all develop in the minors until they are ready but the Oil are not known for being patient with their prospects.

  • Hippy

    I'd be surprised if EDM were to sign Tanguay for the 2 reasons you cite, but I don't agree with not signing him for those reasons. Maybe the Oilers would like to get a LW that plays a certain style, but he's a clear upgrade even if he doesn't throw lots of hits and score lots of goals.

    A high quality LW 5 on 5 shouldn't be ignored simply because he doesn't throw a lot of hits or score 50 goals; improvement is improvement. If you can get him at a great value, do it provided there's a somewhat reasonable way to make it work after. If the Oilers have absolutely no willingness to risk sticking money in the minors, and no one that's expendable is tradable, then maybe they can't sign him either way, tough for us to say in that respect.

  • Hippy

    jeanshorts wrote:

    Mmmmmm. Satire.
    *Goes back to completing both his Dany Heatly voodoo doll and Dany Heatly shrine. Always be prepared*

    Eklund has it that Calgary is quietly putting a package together for Heatley that'll include a high profile D-man. And that's a city on his list.

    That JSBM site better be rocking good this winter. Rusty's going to put in a crapload of overtime.

  • Hippy

    Jonathan Willis wrote:

    Although his year in Calgary he was excellent in the PVP role; he just couldn’t produce on the powerplay.
    That matters, of course, but at evens he’s been decent for a few years now.

    By my recollection Tanguay started on the top line with Iginla but struggled there. He was demoted and spent the majority of the year on the second line and was universally panned by Calgary fans for not being to hack it on the first line.

    At least as far as I recall.

    I agree that he's quite good at ES, just not facing top opposition. During his year in Calgary he still put up excellent overall boxcars when considering that his points almost all came at ES and his PP production was nearly non-existent.

  • Hippy

    I figured the Islanders would/should take a run at him since free agency started. I've been surprised by their lack of activity. Perhaps its that no one wants to play in that dump of a building, but I'd think a playmaking winger to play with Tavares would be ideal.

  • Hippy

    @ David S:

    Why do people even bother bringing up that Eklund crap on here??? Sutter is in love with that defense, why would he break it up?? I don't see Phaneuf going anywhere and he's really the only guy that would be mentioned in that scenario. Stick to Spectorshockeyrumors, its a little more realistic.

    I wouldn't be overjoyed with Tanguay but I wouldn't be against it. Kinda how I feel about Bhulin. Oilers fans always need things done right now, I can only hope Tambo is doing things responsibly and taking his time to do it right.

  • Hippy

    David S wrote:

    Eklund has it that Calgary is quietly putting a package together for Heatley that’ll include a high profile D-man. And that’s a city on his list.

    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.

  • Hippy

    Ogden Brother wrote:

    If we say traded Hemsky for kovalchuk, Tanguay would be a fine signing. Otherwise he doesn’t really fit.

    Reading that gave me shivers… In a good way.

  • Hippy

    Roz wrote:

    ~I think Tambo is checking his phone every 3 minutes waiting for Dany boy to give him a call or a text saying just something. ~
    I am quite sure that the Oilers staff are making and taking phone calls and emails about roster moves. Think about if Burke phoned over here and said “Hey why don’t we trade you Jeff Finger and I’ll take Cogs, Penner, and a 1st.” What do you think the answer would be?? I also think that a lot of people have this perception that the phones are going off the hook with nothing but killer deals for the Oilers. There are only so many teams and so many players to be dealing with.
    Why does everything for this team have to happen right here and right now??? I don’t get it. Patience will get you a long way and that is something that this team and us fans need to realize.

    Well Put!!!

  • Hippy

    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!!!!

  • Hippy

    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.