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Mirtle: Alex-for-Alex swap hard to believe

Rumours and Alex Kovalev, together again. I can certainly see the Habs looking to shuttle the winger out, given the mess that went on last season, but if they find a buyer in the Flames, there's certainly more going the other way to land a talent like Alex Tanguay. Sure, Tanguay has a reputation for being soft, but his biggest downside so far in Calgary has been an inability to score on the power play. Even so, his recent numbers dwarf Kovalev's considerably: Last season Tanguay: 81 GP, 22 goals, 81 points Kovalev: 73 GP, 18 goals, 47 points Average, past three seasons Tanguay: 74 GP, 25 goals, 79 points Kovalev: 73 GP, 18 goals, 52 points But the biggest factor could very well be the fact that Kovalev (34) is six-and-a-half years older than Tanguay (27), who is on pace to break the 1,000-point barrier at about age 35. Kovalev's still more than 200 points shy of that mark (796) - and he's been around since Mike Keenan won the Stanley Cup. I'd believe a trade was in the works potentially if the Flames have a great deal more coming back the other way - or if Mad Mike's bopped Darryl Sutter on the head and taken over the GM duties. (Maybe Calgary's next deal will be for Brian Noonan?)

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