After Tuesday’s practice at the Saddledome, Calgary Flames setup ace Alex Tanguay was informed his next assist will be No. 500 of his NHL career.
His first reaction was a shrug of the shoulders, followed by a protest it’s anything more than a round number.
And after that? Typical setup man, he passed the credit to others.
“When you play with 50-goal scorers — I played with (Joe) Sakic and I play with Jarome Iginla — I think anytime you make a good pass to those guys in a good position, your chances are very high that it’s going to go in the back of the net,” Tanguay said.
“If I make a good pass to Iginla on a one-timer, he probably scores on 45-50% of those shots. As opposed to a shooter, the top shooters in the league — the TOP shooters — will be 15-20% on a yearly basis, so I do feel if you make a good pass, that’s always an option where the scoring percentage is higher.”