Let's get pumped!

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:40 AM ET

Calgary Flames fans will enjoy this proclamation from their team's captain.

Assessing his team in light of the acquisition of Alex Tanguay during Saturday's NHL Entry Draft, Flames forward Jarome Iginla couldn't contain his enthusiasm.

"This is probably the best offensive group of forwards I've played here with," Iginla said from his off-season home in Kelowna.

"It'll be easier for the coaches to make a couple of offensive lines.

"We're trying to improve our offence and it's pretty exciting to add a player of his calibre and skill and winning history.

"What he can do with the puck will make a big difference. He knows how to get points. Not only does he know how to score goals but he's a great playmaker, too."

Calgary's well-documented scoring woes last season -- when the team placed 28th overall in offence -- gave plenty of reasons for the Flames and their faithful to fret.

Noting the addition of left-winger Tanguay -- combined with the arrival of Kristian Huselius and faith the club has in young forwards Matthew Lombardi and Chuck Kobasew -- Iginla can't help but be elated about his team's fortunes.

Even with the mercury rising for the summer.

"We all feel offensively we weren't good enough. A lot of us had tough years," said Iginla, whose 35 goals fell well shy of his and the hockey world's expectations of the two-time Maurice Rocket Richard Trophy winner.

"It's very, very exciting to go into the season with these kind of moves."

Iginla spoke to Tanguay Sunday and hung up the phone impressed by the newest Flame -- acquired for defenceman Jordan Leopold, a second-round draft choice and a conditional pick.

Tanguay reiterated the words he told the media after hearing news of the trade: He can't wait to join his new team and feels his best days are ahead.

"It can be hard when a guy is traded and it caught him by surprise but he was very, very positive about coming here," Iginla said.

"He was very excited because he believes in the team and the city."

Iginla didn't want to assume Tanguay will become his linemate.

He said Tanguay's impact will be felt all the way through the roster, not just on one line.

"It's going to help all the guys on the offensive side," Iginla said.

"Just like how when you're not scoring as a team and personally, it can snowball onto everyone, the better able, as a group, we are at scoring, the better it'll help us all."


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