A number of Internet sites are reporting that Alex Tanguay has signed with the Coyotes although there is no official confirmation. Tanguay, who will be 30 in November, has had several productive seasons with the Colorado Avalanche and Calgary Flames. He earned $5.375 last year on the last year of a 3 year contract and almost certainly would be accepting less time and money to come to the desert.
Tanguay would add a desperately needed top line presence on the left side. He has scored 193 goals and 580 total points in 653 NHL games. Alex is best known for scoring the tying and winning goal in the 7th game of the 2001 Stanley Cup championship as the Avs rallied to beat the New Jersey Devils.
He slumped in 2007-08 and was traded to Montreal, where he missed two months in the middle of the season with a separated shoulder. He also missed two playoff games with what was believed to be a recurrence of the shoulder injury. His long stay on the free agent shelf may have been directly correlated to his injury problems this year. Other than the shoulder problem, the carfax report on Tanguay is pretty good. He averaged 76 games played during his first 8 NHL seasons.
We'll be back with more once the signing is confirmed or denied.