Friday, July 16, 2010

Alex Tanguay Jersey Card

Alex Tanguay: smooth skater, adept playmaker, capable scorer. Stanley Cup winner. A definite first-line winger when he's on his game, but seems to have fallen off it since his attempt at coming back too soon from an injury while playing with the Habs two years ago. His experience with the Tampa Bay Lightning last season was one to forget.

This card, from Upper Deck's 2008-09 Series 1 set (UD Game Jersey sub-set) has him in his Calgary Flames uniform - as is the patch on the card - but the team logo is of the Montréal Canadiens, where he ended for that season after agreeing to a trade for two high draft picks. Unfortunately, just as he had locked the left wing position on the team's first line with Saku Koivu and Alex Kovalev - actually being among the most productive top lines in the league for a couple of weeks there - until he suffered a shoulder injury on a cheap-shot hit by Evgeny Artyukhin, one that should have ended his season and he should have taken time to recover from properly, instead of coming back at the insistence of GM Bob Gainey.

And now, he's back in Calgary, at the bargain price of $1.7M, one of two comeback kids, with Olli Jokinen. I don't know if those moves will make the Flames contenders again, but they're sure safer bets on a first line than Matt Stajan, that's for sure (with the added bonus of never having played for Toronto).

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