18 days and counting

Fugitive financial planner Earl Jones is still at large – and Alex Tanguay is still available.

In a recent ESPN column, Pierre LeBrun described Tanguay as “an immensely talented forward”.

But in his last Globe and Mail column before heading off on vacation, Eric Duhatschek offers a more sober assessment:

The fact that Tanguay remains available is marginally surprising given
that Montreal gave up a first-rounder to get him from Calgary only a
year before. But Tanguay’s reputation – skilled, but soft – and the
fact that he’s recovering from off-season surgery suggests that any
team interested in his services wants him for the short term to start,
just to see if he’s healthy and a fit with their team.

Also unsigned: Robert Lang, Mathieu Schneider, Francis Bouillon, Mathieu Dandenault and Patrice Brisebois.

Do the math:

Thirty teams in the NHL and almost three weeks into free agency, six former Canadiens have zero contracts among them.

Just how bad was that team?

Bad enough that after Bob Gainey got a close look, he decided to blow it up.

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