Alex Tanguay is focused on the here now and not the hereafter. The 31-year-old winger has found some of that ol' magic during his second stint with the Calgary Flames and so the question has been asked: Is he starting to look to his future and maybe a fatter salary after his one-year term ends this summer? "Not really," said the former first round draft choice of the Colorado Avalanche, following Monday morning's pre-game skate. "My focus has been, since the start of the year, on playing good hockey. "I really like it here, my family likes it here. I wouldn't have come back if I wouldn't have enjoyed it. But right now my focus is on the team and whatever else happens will happen and I'm not too worried about it." Some eyebrows shifted skyward when former general manager Darryl Sutter signed the free agent to a one-year deal for $1.7 million last July. He had, afterall, only bagged 37 points in 80 games with the Tampa Bay Lightning and, the season before that, just 58 points in an injury-plagued season with the Montreal Canadiens. Now he's rolling again with old linemate Jarome Iginla, snaring 42 points through the first 54 games and he's looking more and more like the biggest bargain of the annual free agent frenzy. Maybe people had forgotten just how talented the six-foot, 192-pounder really was; how he'd run off a number of 70-point seasons and a career-high 81 points during the 2006-07 season, his first, with the Flames. Maybe everyone had tunnel vision and were zeroed on that last season in Tampa Bay. "It's funny how some reporters don't even watch you play, see your stats and everything else and they can say you're this kind of player or you're this or you're that," he said. "You guys have seen me play this year. I'm trying to work as hard as possible and I've been given a very good opportunity.
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Calgary Herald | Feb 8