Alex Tanguay traded to Colorado

The Colorado Avalanche and Calgary Flames agreed to a four-player trade Wednesday that will send Alex Tanguay back to the place where his career started.

Tanguay and defenseman Cory Sarich will head to the Avalanche, while the Flames received forward David Jones and defenseman Shane O’Brien.

For Tanguay, it’s a return to the team he played his first six NHL seasons with. Colorado selected him in the first round of the 1998 draft, and he made his debut a year later. Tanguay was part of Colorado’s 2001 Stanley Cup Champion team, scoring twice, including the game-winner, in the deciding Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final, a 3-1 win over the New Jersey Devils.

The Avalanche traded Tanguay to Calgary in 2006 and will welcome back the playoff hero with open arms.

“We are excited to have Alex back with the organization.  He is coming off a solid season and his experience will be beneficial to our young players,” Joe Sakic, executive vice president of hockey operations for the team, said in a press release, notes NHL.com.

Jones had a down year in 2013, finishing with only three goals in 33 games after scoring at least 20 the past two seasons while Sarich and O’Brien will provide both teams with depth defensemen.

Jones, 27, provides the type of big body that Flames GM Jay Feaster was looking for more of, as Calgary tries to rebuild, notes the Calgary Sun.

The trade of Tanguay comes a couple months after the Flames dealt the franchise’s leading scorer, Jarome Iginla, and only days after star goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff announced he would retire.

For fans in Calgary, it appears that this will be a long season of growing pains and possibly a fifth straight year without a trip to the playoffs.

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