Alex Tanguay was surprised with a sudden trade back to the Colorado Avalanche. Tanguay is being sent from Calgary to Colorado along with defenseman Cory Sarich. In turn, Colorado is sending forward David Jones and defenseman Shane O’Brien to Calgary.
Tanguay was originally drafted 12th overall by the Colorado Avalanche in the 1998 draft. Tanguay played in Colorado for 6 seasons before moving to Calgary, Montreal, Tampa Bay, and then back to Calgary, and finally he is returning to Colorado. Tanguay has a total of 762 in his 922 career games.
Going with Tanguay to Calgary is defenseman Cory Sarich. Sarich was drafted in 1996 by the Buffalo Sabres. He moved along after two seasons to Tampa Bay until moving again to Calgary. Sarich has a total of 148 points in his 915 game career. Sarich will help give Colorado’s weak defense a bit of depth.
David Jones has been playing in the NHL since 2007, was drafted by the Avalanche in 2003. Jones has two 20 goals seasons under his belt to date. Jones best season came in 2010-2011 when he scored 27 goals and grabbed 18 assists in 77 games. Jones has a total of 126 points in 727 career games.
Along with Jones going to Calgary is Shane O’Brien. O’Brien has been moved around the league quite a bit in his career playing for Tampa Bay, Anaheim, Vancouver, Nashville, Colorado, and now Calgary. O’Brien should bring depth to the Calgary blue-line that is severely lacking. O’Brien has a total of 88 points in 483 games.
The two teams swapped depth defenseman and a forwards who both have 30 goal potential. Tanguay is obviously the big name in the deal, and he will be returning to the team that originally drafted him. Both teams are in the midst of rebuilding, and the trade, more than likely, won’t have much bearing on either team’s finish next season.