By Miranda Baker
Jarome Iginla knows talent when he sees it.
And that's why he's so ecstatic about the possibility of playing alongside former Colorado Avalanche forward Alex Tanguay.
"I'm excited first of all that he's here. I know all the guys are," said Iginla. "The skill level that he brings, the success and just the natural talent, he's huge for our team."
Tanguay who set a career high in 2005-06 with 29 goals, is expected to be paired on the top line with Iginla and the pair would like to become the perfect match and put plenty of pucks in the net.
"He's scored a lot of nice goals against us; he's always been part of such a dynamic line, and our team needs that," added Iginla.
"We work hard and we're a very good defensive club, but we need to add a little more creativity."
According to teammate Tony Amonte, Tanguay is a player that demands attention, so bringing that creative scoring touch shouldn't be a problem.
"The kid can really move the puck around, but no one really knows it because he was always playing with a guy like Sakic (Joe)," commented Amonte.
"He's going to totally help out Jarome, and they're going to be a very potent offensive punch for us, and I think everyone is looking forward to seeing that."
After having the chance to skate with Tanguay in the weeks prior to camp, Amonte knows first-hand the 26-year-old can shoot the puck, pass the puck and most importantly he can score.
And Tanguay hopes to do just that when the season opens October 5 in Edmonton.
"I'm trying to find my role and hopefully I can do well here in Calgary," said Tanguay.
Tanguay, who was acquired at the draft for defenceman Jordan Leopold and a second round choice at the 2006 Entry Draft, finished the season with 78 points (29g, 49a) in 71 games with the Avalanche. He also led the NHL in shooting percentage (23.2%) and had a team-high 22 multiple-point games, including three eight-point games.
"I look forward to getting the opportunity to play with him," said Iginla. "And I know he's going to bring a lot more goals to our team and points and a winning attitude."