Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Tanguay's new (old) position
By Victoria Matiash
It looks like Alex Tanguay is returning to the role of his junior days.
With a lack of options down the middle, the Calgary Flames intend to experiment with Tanguay at center -- at least to start the season. The Calgary Sun reports we can expect Tanguay -- a left-winger since joining the Colorado Avalanche in 1999 -- to skate between Jarome Iginla and Curtis Glencross on the Flames' top line. The 33-year-old suggests an adjustment period may be in order.
"I feel fine physically, but I feel that I'm still taking too much time thinking of where I need to be and stuff like that," Tanguay said Tuesday. "With playing a couple more (scrimmages), it's going to give me time to get in my spots, get used to where I need to go and how I need to do it. I'm looking forward to the next few days of practice. Hopefully, I can improve and get better ... I've played the game a long time. It's been a while since I've played centre -- I used to play it in junior and I know how to play it -- but it's going to take a little bit of time."
Once Roman Cervenka (blood clot issue) is fully recovered, Tanguay could be shifted back to the left. There's also a chance center Mikael Backlund could win the top-line job.