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Tanguay ignores trade talk

RANDY SPORTAK -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:33 AM ET

Despite having a no-trade clause, Flames left winger Alex Tanguay can't escape trade rumours.

Tanguay yesterday found himself having to discuss a report on the French-language station RDS that said the Flames might be considering a deal with the Montreal Canadiens that would bring Alexei Kovalev to the Stampede City. Kovalev won a Stanley Cup with Keenan in New York.

Tanguay said he had no intentions on following it.

"I'm not planning on wasting any time on that at all," he said. "I'm here with the Flames, and I think when they brought me here they wanted me to help the team, and as far as I know, it's still the plan."

"I'm very happy where I'm at. Who wouldn't want to be playing on a line with Jarome Iginla and Craig Conroy and on a team that's got Miikka Kiprusoff in net?"

The germination of the rumour has to be Kovalev's relationship with the Canadiens. After Tuesday night's shootout loss to Florida, he criticized Habs head coach Guy Carbonneau.

It was a trade rumour circulating in the summer, based on the assumption Tanguay would dislike playing for head coach Mike Keenan.


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