Tanguay on board

RANDY SPORTAK, CALGARY SUN

, Last Updated: 9:24 AM ET

COLUMBUS -- Alex Tanguay knows all about Mike Keenan's reputation for demanding his players sacrifice every shift.

Yet the skilled Calgary Flames forward is excited about the team's new head coach.

"I feel good. He's a similar type of person as Darryl (Sutter)," Tanguay said yesterday. "I'm expecting somebody that's going to be very demanding but he's a winner.

"We had a sub-par year for what we expected and I'm looking forward to it, and hopefully we can have the year we expected to have."

Tanguay, who was in Columbus to see his younger brother, Maxime, drafted in the third round (69th overall by Chicago), said he fully expects there will be moments Keenan zeros in on him.

"I would imagine," Tanguay said. "I talked to him and I know I can give a whole lot more. I was disappointed with the way last year went, to a certain extent. I want more ice time and want to play more.

"It's a new year and I want to prove I'm a better player than I showed last year."

As for his brother, Tanguay said the feeling was much the same as when he was drafted by Colorado in 1998.

"There's a lot of pride and a lot of excitement. He's my little brother and it's great," he said. "I'm looking forward to seeing him the next few years.

"Hopefully we'll get to play against each other or together."


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