Calgary Goes Old-School; Sign Alex Tanguay to a 1-year, $1.7M Deal and Olli Jokinen to a 2-year, $6 million Deal

July 01, 2010

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Jeff Ponder

Calgary Goes Old-School; Sign Alex Tanguay to a 1-year, $1.7M Deal and Olli Jokinen to a 2-year, $6 million Deal

The Flames are taking the stance that if they can't win, they have to stick to what they know.

Both Tanguay and Jokinen are former Flames, though both were at different times.  Is this a questionable move; you bet'cha.

Tanguay is coming off of a dreadful season in Tampa Bay, scoring just ten goals and 37 points.  This isn't the first sign of the 30-year old dropping off though; his goal totals have slowly diminished every season since 2005-06.  But his speed and quick hands can come in handy when he hits the face-off dots.

Jokinen was traded by GM Darryl Sutter and the Calgary Flames in February of last season with Brandon Prust to the New York Rangers for Ales Kotalik and Christopher Higgins.  His lack of effort and poor point totals (15g-35a—50p) were a huge disappointment last season, especially when considering that he was ranked 14th in points in the entire NHL just four seasons before (39g-52a—91p).  Since leaving the Florida Panthers and joining the Western Conference in 2008, Jokinen has proven to be a purely Eastern Conference forward.

While the Tanguay signing will bring a lot of flack with it, it is understandable that Sutter may want to give the winger a chance.  After all, even when he is not scoring, Tanguay is still a presence on the ice that works well behind the net.  But the Jokinen signing is near-laughable.  Just a few months ago, Sutter could not wait to unload Jokinen to somebody else.  Now, its as if Sutter completely forgot how bad Jokinen was as a Flame in his last season.  If you're lucky Darryl, Jokinen will put up another 11 goals for your club.

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