Calgary Flames general manager Jay Feaster is upbeat about re-signing unrestricted free agent Alex Tanguay.
“We believe we can,” Feaster said on NHL Live, a daily show produced on NHL.com. “We do want to get him signed.”
Tanguay had a rebound season in 2010-11, scoring 22 goals and recording 69 points. More importantly, there was terrific chemistry between the 31-year-old Tanguay and captain Jarome Iginla. Tanguay had a career-low 37 points a year earlier playing for Tampa. Both Iginla and Tanguay have said they would like to play together again next season.
“The chemistry he has established with Jarome Iginla is really something special to watch when you see what those two are capable of doing together,” Feaster said. “It hasn’t mattered a whole lot who has been the centre iceman with them
“We’ve run any number — probably four or five — different centres playing with those two guys, and it really hasn’t made a difference. The chemistry is that good.”
Tanguay is one of seven Flames who can become free agents on July 1. Obviously, Tanguay is at the top of the list.
“We’re certainly having conversations with Alex’s agent right now — going back and forth on some ideas of how we might try to accomplish this,” Feaster said of Tanguay, who made $1.7 million last season.
The Flames signed Curtis Glencross, who was set to become an unrestricted free agent, last week. He signed a four-year deal.
Among the others who are set for free agency are goalie Henrik Karlsson, defencemen Adam Pardy, Brett Carson, Anton Babchuk and Steve Staois.
“We have some other guys we want to get signed,” Feaster said. “Certainly, Henrik Karlsson, the backup goaltender from this past season. We think very highly of him. We want to get him re-signed.’’
Feaster continues to work towards signing players prior to the July 1 free agency date.
“We are busy,” he said. “At the same time, we have to find ways to improve our hockey team. I think we’re a lot closer than some people might have thought after the way we started this season.
“I’m excited about it. I’m anxious to get back to camp and get the season going.”