First, let me start by saying that Alex Tanguay is one of my favourite players - he always has been.
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Alex Tanguay is a great NHL hockey player. Before this year, he was a Power Play specialist, had a great shot, great passer and never complained (and still never complains). When the deal was heard that Tanguay was traded to Calgary for Leopold, Calgary was ecstatic.
"Is this the same guy that made Kipper look like a fool last year in the shootout against the Avs?"
"This is the guy that plays with Sakic right? He's awesome, he makes any line better!"
And what does he do for Calgary? Goes out and gets a career high 85 points. Most fans reactions?
"He doesn't shoot enough!"
"He doesn't dig in the corners, play the tough game"
Ultimately, the new role forced on Tanguay by Keenan has practically kicked him out of Calgary to most fans. He now kills penalties (very well), plays on the 2nd line (with a mixture of players, mostly the veterans Conroy and Nolan) and sees very limited PP time. Do you hear him complain? No. He mentions that PK was something he never did before and he is enjoying becoming a better defensive hockey player.
But because he makes $5+ million a year, fans here expect him to pot 40+ goals while chipping in over 50+ assists. He's never done it before...but because of his salary and the expectations (probably due to Huselius being so damned good) fans expect it.
So for Tanguay's sake, trade him. Let him flourish with another NHL team. Fans and Keenan have written Tanguay a 2nd line LW, PK specialist role and he doesn't deserve that. He will prove to us all that we made a mistake by trading him.
Just like Chris Drury, we expected too much from him too soon. I forget how Drury is doing these days....
I welcome all comments and appreciated HockeyBuzz giving me this forum to vent my frustrations on all the anti-Tanguay talk in this City.
Here's to hoping he gets back to a team that will let him flourish using the skills he has.
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