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Let the offseason deals begin! Last night it was announced that the Calgary Flames sent forward Alex Tanguay and defenseman Cory Sarich to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for forward David Jones and defenseman Shane O'Brien.

Most notably, Alex Tanguay will once again don the Avalanche uniform. Having been drafted by the club as a first-round pick in 1998, and having played for them for the first six seasons of his career, Tanguay is no stranger to Avs fans. He was a key player in the Avs' 2001 Stanley Cup winning team, and became a fan favorite in Colorado. Now 34 years old, he seems to be past his prime in his career. With teammate Cory Sarich, also an experienced veteran, Tanguay looks to bring experience and leadership to the Avalanche locker room. Perhaps, the change will refresh both players' careers.

Meanwhile, the Flames bring in two young guys in David Jones and Shane O'Brien. Jones is a two-way forward who plays a gritty game, but also knows how to produce. He is a solid third line player. Meanwhile, O'Brien has also established himself as a tough defenseman who gets in his opponents' faces. The two bring toughness and youth to a Flames club looking for a new face after losing star forward Jarome Iginla and goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff.

Overall, the trade is a fairly even exchange: two veteran guys for two young guns. It should be interesting to see how they can fit in with their new teams. Best of luck to those four and their teams.
 


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