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Agent: Alex Tanguay will sign with Tampa Bay Lightning Monday or Tuesday after a physical

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The business manager for free-agent wing Alex Tanguay said his client will sign a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning after he passes a physical that will occur in Tampa on Monday or Tuesday.

"We have an agreement in principal," said David Ettedgui, who works in the office of Tanguay's agent Steve Kotlowitz. "We're pretty happy he is with the Lightning and he's looking forward to giving his best."

Tanguay, 29, has been a sought-after asset,  and it is believed the Wild, and perhaps even the Islanders, were in competition with Tampa Bay. Ettedgui admitted the Lightning did not offer the largest contract, though he declined to get into specifics. But Ettedgui added, "Sometimes money is not as important for us. It was very important we find (Tanguay) the best fit possible."

The Lightning would seem to offer that to a player coming off two down seasons and trying to re-establish his credentials in the league with an eye toward a bigger payday down the road. Tanguay likely will play with center Vinny Lecavalier, who also is looking for a rebound season. It seems a good match. Tanguay is known for his ability to hold on to the puck and make pinpoint passes. Lecavalier, a finisher, needs someone to get him the puck.

In fact, Ettedgui said Tanguay on Friday night spoke to Lecavalier about the team. Tanguay also knows coach Rick Tocchet, an Avalanche assistant from 2002-04, when Tanguay played for the Avalanche.

"He feels fully confident playing for him," Ettedgui said. "And he's excited to play with great players like Vinny Lecavalier and Marty St. Louis and with younger players like Steven Stamkos."

Lecavalier, who played with Tanguay for Canada at the 1998 world junior championship, said he spoke to Tanguay twice, including Friday night.

"He asked me about Tampa and I told him about coming to the tam and the direction it is going," Lecavalier said, and added, "Anybody that plays with a guy like Tanguay, he's such a great passer and can score. He brings a lot to the team, so I'm excited."

As for the physical, Ettedgui said there should be "no issues." Tanguay played only 50 games last season for the Canadiens because of a separated left shoulder sustained when checked hard into the boards by then-Lightning forward Evgeny Artyukhin. Even so, Tanguay had 16 goals and 41 points. He also was plus-13 with five power-play goals.

"Alex feels good and rested," Ettedgui said, calling the shoulder 100 percent healed. "He feels like he can have a very good training camp."

And, the Lightning hopes, a very good season.    

[Last modified: Monday, September 28, 2009 12:15am]

    

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