It happened so early in the offseason, that many have forgotten about the trade of Alex Tanguay back to the Colorado Avalanche, and will likely continue to do so until they actually see him suit up in the 2013-14 season. But while he’s in the twilight of his career, this is a trade that should benefit the Avalanche.
The Avs were a team in need of some veteran talent up front. Tanguay is an upgrade over Milan Hejduk, as he’s capable of playing and contributing in the top six. Colorado surrendered an overpaid David Jones, who was coming off of a mighty disappointing season, in order to acquire him.
Tanguay will turn 34 this season, but still has some game left in him. He was one of the only sources of consistent offense for the Calgary Flames last season, with 11 goals and 27 points on the season. Some of his best years came with the Avalanche, where he played from 1999 until 2006.
He eclipsed at least the 50-point mark in five of six seasons with the Avs, including three seasons where he notched at least 70, and another where he finished with 67. Safe to say, no one is expecting that type of performance from him this time around, but he’ll be a strong contributor.
Tanguay will provide that veteran leadership for the likes of Gabriel Landeskog and Colorado’s other forwards in the top six. He’ll be an asset on offense, still capable of putting in 15 or 20 goals, while also being useful on the power play. His presence is an upgrade over David Jones, and while he won’t fix their issues on the back end or in goal, he’ll be a strong addition to the Avalanche.