Tangs for the memories

STEVE MACFARLANE -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:04 AM ET

Poor Alex Tanguay.

If the trade rumours weren't bad enough during the season, now we find the fans might actually enjoy seeing the current Calgary Flames left-winger sporting new colours next season.

In our 'You Be The Boss' season review, you were asked whether you believe the 28-year-old playmaker should be dealt for more depth.

A convincing 84% of the voters said yes.

And in the individual options, 61% said he should be fired rather than kept at his current price or given a raise.

But with Kristian Huselius expected to leave via free agency -- which 64% of you would welcome, according to our results -- who would take the left flank on the top line?

There were some strong votes of approval, especially when it comes to the franchise cornerstones -- Jarome Iginla, Robyn Regehr, Dion Phaneuf and Miikka Kiprusoff.

Locked up for at least another five years, they dominated the 'Keep Him' category.

And the fact you felt their salaries are not hamstringing Darryl Sutter when it comes to salary-cap management might have had something to do with the Flames GM's 82% approval rating, including the 2% think he deserves a raise of his own.

Then again, when asked how much blame Sutter deserves for a third-straight first-round playoff exit, the majority (52%) said a lot should fall in his lap.

Popular with the media for his honest answers and sense of humour, Anders Eriksson's good nature apparently means nothing to the folks who bleed Flames red.

The 33-year-old defenceman easily claimed the title of least-wanted Flames player according to our voters.

With a resounding 73% clicking the 'Fire Him' button when it came to the Swede, you have to wonder if Sutter is thinking of peddling the veteran to get the $1.5 million off the books from his already inflated salaries on the back end.

Rhett Warrener is another of the handful of players who more than 50% of voters want to see gone (along with Tanguay, Huselius, Eriksson and Marcus Nilson).

The love affair with their gritty but often injured veteran seems to have passed, and his $2.4-million cap hit for another year is one more year too many for a strong locker-room presence alone.

When it comes to handing out raises, the voters might have been taking Phaneuf's nomination for the Norris Trophy into account as they pushed him into top spot in the category with a 17% nod.

What you may not have taken into consideration is he's already received one -- a hefty one at that -- and will be paid as one of the league's top defencemen with a $7-million paycheque next season thanks to a six-year extension signed a few months ago.

Another apple of the fans' eyes is Eric Nystrom, who opened some peepers with four points in his regular-season finale and some hard work along the boards in the playoffs.

An unrestricted free agent who may receive offers from a handful of other teams, including his dad's former club, the New York Islanders, Nystrom will certainly be in line for a raise if he's to stay with the Flames this summer.

Seventeen percent of you offered to give the 25-year-old former first-round draft pick a bump in salary, with only 5% suggesting he should be let go.

Daymond Langkow (13%) and veteran Owen Nolan (11%) were your next choices for pay increases. Langkow, a pending UFA, is expected to get one soon and remain in the fold.

When it comes to the coaching staff, you were on the fence over the hiring of Mike Keenan being a good idea, with 52% answering yes.

But he earned 60% of the votes as a keeper and even had 1% suggest he receive a raise.

Last year's goat, Jim Playfair, had 69% say he should stay at the same salary.

Outside of the head cheese, Rich Preston seems to be the least-liked coach, with 36% hoping he would be handed his walking papers.

Must have been that well-publicized blowup with Iginla in the playoffs.

One thing's for sure, Flames fans stand by their captain.

Too bad we can't say the same about Tanguay.


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