Tanguay signs with Lightning

September 2nd, 2009 by

TAMPA, Fla. — Alex Tanguay is off the market.
The sought-after free-agent forward signed a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday. The contract is worth $2.5 million, a source told ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun.

“We’re pretty happy he is with the Lightning and he’s looking forward to giving his best,” Tanguay’s agent David Ettedgui told the St. Petersburg Times

Though a separated shoulder sidelined him for most of last season, Tanguay finished with 16 goals and 25 assists in 50 games.

Lightning GM Brian Lawton told the Times that Tanguay was “the guy we wanted.”

“It’s a chance for him to play with some really high-end, high-skill players, which we think he is,” Lawton told the newspaper. “And we think together, it should be a nice combination.”

Tanguay joins a lineup that is already stocked with Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis.

Free-agent left wing Alex Tanguay has signed a one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Financial terms were unavailable.

The veteran of 659 NHL games with Colorado, Calgary and Montreal finalized the deal after passing a physical Tuesday. He had 16 goals and 41 points in 50 games for the Canadiens last season.

Tanguay has 193 goals and 580 points in nine seasons. He was the Avs’ first-round draft choice in 1998 and was an all-star in 2004.

One Response

  1. Mark LaGrange

    First the Lighting take St. Louis from Calgary. Then they steal the Cup on a referee mistake in game 6. Now they get Tanguay. He never should have left Calgary but due to the salary cap he had to head to the Eastern Conference. Hope he does well there playing in relative obscurity out of the ever present Canadian media he had to endure in Calgary and Montreal.

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