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Tanguay finally at peace

STEVE MACFARLANE -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:22 AM ET

Just hours before the NHL deadline yesterday, Flames left winger Alex Tanguay still felt unsure.

Although his general manager, Darryl Sutter, told him in person he wasn't being dealt, and said the same the day before when talking to the media, the Flames forward knew anything could happen in this business.

"I think if a deal came out and the price was right," Tanguay said after the morning skate, which he skipped because of a pinched nerve in his neck.

"There's no sense for me thinking I'm in the clear or I'm not in the clear. I think everybody, for the right deal and the right price, everybody could be traded."

Rumours the past month had ranged from him being asked to waive his no-trade clause by the team, to him asking for a trade because of his second-line status.

But Tanguay said he's happy to remain a Flame and never said anything different.

"I never complained to anyone about being here. I'm happy here. I think the team is good," he said. "Where we go from here is all depending on the team and the guys in here. It's going to be up to us to see what's going to happen in the next few months."

The gossip took a toll on the 29-year-old, whose wife is pregnant and whose family has also been affected by all the speculation.

"It's been very difficult, not only for me, but my family and my friends," said Tanguay. "My brother is telling me at work he has people calling his office. People that he worked with, and never really met, calling his office asking him where am I going.

"It's been hard on me. Hopefully, the distraction can be put to rest."

Eventually, Tanguay felt the need to ask Sutter if there was any truth in what he was hearing.

"A lot of rumours, a lot of speculation. I talked to Darryl and found out what was going on," he said.

Said Sutter: "It was important that him and I understood everything. He knew what my intentions were."

Tanguay sat out a second straight game with his neck injury, but will join the team on its trip this weekend.

"It shouldn't be too long. It's just a nerve that got pinched, and now it's just getting the range of motion back, and getting the strength back," said Tanguay. "I'm hoping to play Friday."


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