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Tanguay helped sell Iginla on Colorado

Aug 21, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

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Jarome Iginla‘s had a little bit of help in choosing to sign with the Colorado Avalanche this summer.

According to L.A. Lariviere of TVA Sports (link in French), former Calgary Flames and soon-to-be Avalanche teammate Alex Tanguay helped convince Iginla Denver was the place to be. Here’s a poorly translated quote from the story:

“A week before, Joe Sakic (vice-president of hockey operations) called me,” Tanguay said. “He asked me Jarome’s phone number. They asked me to call him to sell the merits of Colorado. It was not difficult!”

Tanguay and Iginla were teammates in Calgary for two seasons from 2006-2008 and they worked together as part of a dynamic top line with Daymond Langkow. In Colorado, they figure to be more the veteran leaders on a team that’s relatively young and talented.

Iginla’s three-year, $16 million contract after coming off a 30-goal season with the Boston Bruins puts him in a bigger position to help out right away. Tanguay, on the other hand, dealt with injury trouble last season and played just 16 games.

Getting to play alongside Matt Duchene, Nathan MacKinnon, Ryan O’Reilly, and Gabriel Landeskog probably had a lot to do with Tanguay’s sales pitch. Having Patrick Roy as coach and Sakic running the show doesn’t hurt either.

  1. lowenni - Aug 21, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    Tanguay was pretty good at the beginning of the season before he got injured playing in that top-6. He’s still got that very underrated skill he’s had his whole career and actually I’d be interested to see if he and Iginla can rekindle some of their old chemistry. Two players who may be slowing down a bit, but have still got the touch.

    • avfanforlife - Aug 21, 2014 at 12:35 PM

      Agreed, if by “pretty good” you mean frickin amazing! I only hope he’s back to 100%

      • lowenni - Aug 21, 2014 at 1:07 PM

        Yeah well he had 11 points in 17 games or something like that, which is definitely good and was a nice surprise I’m sure for Avs fans, but it wasn’t like it was legendary or anything. He’ll provide really good secondary scoring, but I wouldn’t go ahead and call him “frickin amazing”. Save that for Duchene and MacKinnon. I can see him putting up around 50-60 points if he’s healthy the whole season. Avs have a really, really nice mix vets: Cup winners (Tanguay, Talbot), a veteran playoff-legend (Briere), and an NHL legend–Iginla, obviously. Defense is still a concern though. If they can get a top-2 defender I’d consider them a Cup contender immediately. Hedja-Johnson and Stuart-Barrie isn’t that bad of a top-4 though.

  2. lowenni - Aug 21, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    Tanguay was pretty good at the beginning of the season before he got injured playing in that top-6. He’s still got that very underrated skill he’s had his whole career and actually I’d be interested to see if he and Iginla can rekindle some of their old chemistry. Two players who may be slowing down a bit, but have still got the touch.

    • lowenni - Aug 21, 2014 at 12:01 PM

      Apparently PHT thought my comment was so good they posted it twice ;)

  3. jasonp815 - Aug 21, 2014 at 11:44 AM

    Tangs could be huge for the Avs this season if he stays healthy. Most people forget to mention his name when talking about the offense.

  4. purpleguy - Aug 21, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    Not sure there was much convincing to do on the Iginla deal — he had equal 2 year offers from the Wild and the Avs, the Avs upped it to three and the Wild wouldn’t. All about the security and $ with the extra year — not Alex T’s sales job.

    • avscup - Aug 21, 2014 at 11:28 PM

      Um…it was really Sakic. He said you can play here with all this young talent or you can freeze your tits off in MN and eat lutefisk!

      It was really a pretty easy decision.

  5. taytay099 - Aug 21, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    Tanguay and Iginla were Calgary teammates for 4 and a half seasons. He’s had two stints with both Calgary and Colorado now.

  6. paulerhythm - Aug 21, 2014 at 10:14 PM

    The concern I have with Iginla is, how will he keep up with McKinnon and Landescog? Will be interesting to see.

    • avscup - Aug 21, 2014 at 11:33 PM

      Just fine. He’ll add toughness in front and dig it out of the corners. It’s not like he is slow. He’s played with speed his whole career. Perhaps he re-unites with Tanguay on a line with Duchy. ROR, Mac, Landy might work real nice.

  7. jasonp815 - Aug 22, 2014 at 7:59 PM

    I think Duchene would be nice with tangs and Iginla. I wouldnt want to break up him and ROR though. Maybe MacK is the best to center the two.

    Landeskog-Duchene-ROR
    Tanguay-Mackinnion-Iginla

    What does the third line look like? Who centers it? Breire or Mitchell. Certainly Mcginn on the left but who is on the right? Gonna have to be a natural center. Cliche most likely but maybe Talbot.

    Mcginn-Breire-Cliche?
    Mcleod-mitchell-talbot?

  8. Snow Bro - Aug 23, 2014 at 1:11 PM

    Everyone is questioning is questioning how Iginla will fit with Duchene and MaCkinnon’s speed but what about going a different route and pairing Iginla and Tangay with Mandeskog down the middle? That would be a big powerful line!

    • jasonp815 - Aug 23, 2014 at 5:52 PM

      The Avs r stacked with natural centermen and it seems unlikely they would have a line without one. What is wrong with pairing a fast player with a slower playmaker? He dosnt have to keep up with him just feed him the puck and enjoy the point for an assist.

  9. wishingtonredslur - Aug 24, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    Actually they played together in Calgary twice, Tangs was traded in 08 but was brought back to the Flames after that.

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