Tanguay signs in T-Bay

RDS is reporting that Alex Tanguay has signed in Tampa Bay. Details have not been released but it is rumoured to be a one year deal.

http://www.rds.ca/hockey/chroniques/281306.htmlIt is reported that two members of the Lightning, possibly future linemates in a new French Connection, Marty St. Louis and Vincent Lecavalier would have swayed Tanguay Tampa’s way, despite the fact that Minnesota was rumoured to have offered more money.

Tanguay gives Tampa another top six forward that will allow them to ice 2 dangerous lines. The top line should remain the St. Louis-Stamkos-Malone unit that had some sucess late last year while Lecavalier and Tanguay should connect on the second line, possibly with one of two way forward Jeff Halpern, a former 46 point scorer, or youngsters Steve Downie or Martins Karsums.

Tampa will have now significantly upgraded their defence and marginally improved their offense (though depth is an issue). If Mike Smith can stay healthy and play up to his potential, Tampa should get out of the bottom 10 in the league, and maybe, maybe into the Eastern Conference playoffs.

13 Responses to Tanguay signs in T-Bay

  1. leafy says:

    Totally off topic. Below is "must read" material for all Leafs fans.

    Lessons from the past….a reminder that every Leaf today needs to be carefully scrutinized by fans.  Not applauded just because it was made by the Leafs.


  2. leafy says:

    For example, check out the reaction of JFJ's management team when Leaf scouts spotted Brunnstrom (Okay, Brunnstrom is no superstar yet in the NHL, but that's not the point).

    Hopefully things are different now with Burke.

    When Bergman saw Brunnstrom playing for Boras of HockeyAllsvenskan, Sweden's second-best league, he knew the kid was bound for bigger things. Convinced of Brunnstrom's talent, the scout finally summoned Button to Europe to see for himself. And as they continued to watch the prospect – at one point buying tickets to a game (rather than alerting other scouts to their presence by requesting a pass) and sitting among the fans wearing big coats and hats so as not to be recognized – Button soon agreed with Bergman that Brunnstrom had NHL potential. The developmental plan, which seemed to make sense to Brunnstrom's camp and to Bergman, would be to sign the player to a contract and have him play the 2007-08 season in the Swedish Elite League. He would play for Farjestad, a respected club where he would be coached by Hakan Loob, a Swede who'd earned a Stanley Cup ring with the Calgary Flames in 1989 and a man who knows what it takes to make the jump to the NHL.

    "It was a no-brainer," says Button, looking back. "I mean, here was a free agent you can sign for next to nothing? It's a no-brainer."

    But when Bergman brought the plan to Ferguson and the GM's lieutenant, Mike Penny, the no-brainer became a flat-out no.

    "Mike Penny, with John Ferguson right there, said, `There's no f–king way we're f–king signing a guy and having him play in f–king Sweden. What the f–k is this bullshit?'" says Button. "I'm sitting there thinking, `Okay. Don't listen to me. That's okay. But you hired this guy, Thommie Bergman, and this is his job, to find talent in Europe, and this is how he gets treated?' But that's exactly what was said."

  3. cam7777 says:

    Wow.  Just Wow.  So what the hell was JFJ doing drafting Stalberg, Vorobiev, Kulemin, and all the other Europeans, if he was so intent on them not playing in Europe on his time.  This article will not be making JFJ any friends in Toronto; not that he was ever popular to begin with.

    I'm pretty sure that's not the way Burke handles things.  He made it very clear that he hires people so that they can do their jobs.  He is always talking about stuff like that.  Wilson is the coach. Allaire is the goaltender coach.  Kaberle is a puck-moving defensemen man. Burke himself is a manager.  Nonis is an assistant, and Fletcher a trusted advisor.  He knows that it takes all the parts moving at once to make a successful machine move forward.  I cannot imagine this conversation taking place on Burke's watch.

    I guess there's no way of knowing for sure what goes on behind the scenes, but really, this shouldn't be all that surprizing. JFJ was absolutely terrible. 

  4. cam7777 says:

    I wonder if the Bolts would have any interest in Lee Stempniak (should he get his act together) around December/January, to round out their top six.  The article here mentions Downie, but I can't imagine the management there is too thrilled with his progress thus far.  They take a chance on him, and he comes in and gets suspended from the AHL for tripping a referee.

    That said, as a Leaf fan, I wouldn't mind taking a shot on Downie.  Hopefully Wilson can turn the kid around.  Something like Stempniak, and a 5th for Downie and a 2nd.  It would be a nice way to round out that top six for Tampa :

    Tanguay – Lecavalier – Stempniak
    Malone – Stamkos – St.Louis

  5. leafy says:

    I would imagine (and hope) that things are different with Burke.  After bringing in 'Monster' from Europe and signing college talent like Bozak, at the very least, it appears management is proactive and listening.

    Did you read the part where it says the Leafs brought the Marlies to Toronto from St. John's in order to make an extra $3M-$4M per year?  Instead, they are losing that much every year.  Not to mention that the players have to live in Toronto on a $50,000 salary.  Again, hopefully Burke is different.

  6. cam7777 says:

    The link says the 'Service is Unavailable', so I was just going by the part you posted.  That does seem quite absurd that they would move the team for such a relatively small amount of money.  That is really just one year of Jeff Finger. 

    I'm sure that forcing players to live in TO on such an abysmal wage (for a professional athlete) is detrimental to player development too.  As if it isn't bad enough that anyone touched by the blue and white is instantly put under media scrutiny, they have to operate their lives with not a great deal of money.  How do you expect these players to have the time and energy to be fit, and stay healthy, and maintain an athletes lifestyle on 50 grand a year in Toronto.  

    It's funny though, that 50 grand a year would be substantial for the Manitoba Moose players.  They could live quite comfortably on that.  Perhaps it's a double-edged sword in Toronto – as it would also push players to get to that next level (if only for fiscal reasons), rather than stay complacent.

  7. leafy says:

    Watch out for Tampa this season.  Tanguay now balances things out a bit more up front. Plus Stamkos will be better this year.  And with Hedman and Ohlund added to the blueline, the Lightning could see a jump in the standings.

  8. cam7777 says:

    That just became a very tough divison, I think.  Atlanta can really put the puck in the net too with their very under-rated forwards.  They have Kovalchuk/Little/Antropov/Kozlov/Armstrong/White and a host of decent role players, not to mention, Evander Kane.  Todd White had 70 some points last year.  If Kubina can make that a respectable defense, and Lehtonen can be the man, that team will be competitve as well.

    Florida were the big time losers in that division.  I see them finishing 14th, ahead of only the Islanders.  Moreover, a more balanced south-east division, and a hand full more wins for the Islanders, could mean extreme parity in the East this year.  I could see this season being very much like last year in the West – 6 points separating 5th and 13th place, with wins vs. points meaning everything. 

    It's gonna be a good year….

  9. mojo19 says:

    I posted a Jason Allison comeback story that was up on HTR but now has been taken off….. weird I've never seen that before

  10. reinjosh says:

    i think that could have been partly my fault
    i commented how it was a little dumb that that story got posted  and the Lukowich and Errhoff trade/Schneider signing didnt even get mentioned. thought that was funny
    i dont know if that was the reason
    but soon after i posted that the story disappeared
    no disrespect to you or anything
    just thought it was funny

  11. reinjosh says:

    its a good idea
    i have been a big fan of downie for a while and see his obvious talent but he continues to just go off in Emery like ways
    i think he needs a strong shot at a job in the NHL with a strong coach that wont take his shit
    Toronto is the perfect place for him
    Wilson fits the tough-take-no-crap-but-reward-you-if-you-work-for-it-coach
    Toronto fits the need of getting a real shot at a job and ice time
    and Downie fits Burkes need for a player with skills but also a mean player
    i would love to take a chance on this kid
    we wouldn't really have anything to lose, especially with a deal similar to the one you proposed

  12. mojo19 says:

    Well some people don't give a ***** about Erhoff and Schneider and the little impact they'll have on some team I have no interest in. I have no comments to make about that but would love to hear people's thought's on Allison.

    I wonder why they did that.

    Also there is no true Leafs forum on the main page because they took that down. That's stupid.

    Who cares about Errhoff? lol like seriously. Jason Allison is much bigger news. Oh well, check out the story and opinions on my blog http://www.nhlkvasni.blogspot.com

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