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If Alex Tanguay is asking as much as rumored, he probably won't be playing for the Lightning



As I've said, I generally don't like writing about every rumor that comes around, but after several e-mails asking, I figured this was worth exploring.

I've always thought Alex Tanguay was an interesting player. And given that he sustained a shoulder injury when checked by Tampa Bay's Evgeny Artyukhin and played just 50 games last season for the Canadiens, he had a pretty good season: 16 goals, 45 points and plus-13 while averaging 16:05 of ice time.

Tanguay is an unrestricted free agent. And while the Lightning, as GM Brian Lawton has said, would love, if the circumstances are right, to add another top-six forward. Tanguay's agent Bob Sauve would not say if the Lightning has been in contact.

"We've  been contacted by five or six teams," Sauve said. Asked if the Lightning had called, he added, "I just don't want to comment."

Asked how Tanguay, 29, with 193 goals and 580 points in 659 career games, might feel about lining up next to Vinny Lecavalier, Sauve laughed and again said he could not comment.

The conversation is probably moot, though, if the scuttlebutt about what Tanguay wants in a contract are true. One agent said he heard Tanguay wants $5 million for one year. He made $5.375 million last season. If his asking price is true, that's way too much for Tampa Bay, which has a payroll headed toward $50 million before signing players such as Matt Smaby, Matt Lashoff, Martins Karsums and Mike Lundin.

Perhaps Tanguay's price comes down if he is not signed as the summer goes on. There is a market for Tanguay, maybe even for what he wants. But at that price, probably not in Tampa. 

[Last modified: Sunday, August 16, 2009 4:39pm]


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