Tanguay happy to be a Hab

The Gazette’s Pat Hickey, reporting on the Canadiens’ acquisition of Alex Tanguay from the Calgary Flames, was able to speak with Tanguay via conference call on Friday night and collected the following thoughts from the newest Hab.

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Hickey: Sundin will be hard fit under cap

In his Standing Pat column, Pat Hickey writes that adding Mats Sundin to the Canadiens' payroll, already at $41 million for 17 players with the addition of Alex

Tanguay

The Alex Tanguay file:

• A plus player every year of his career, including plus-35 his sophomore season in Colorado and plus-11 this past season in Calgary

• Durable: 78

$$$

Ladies and gentlemen, start your calculators.

Alex Tanguay is now the highest-paid forward (and third highest-paid player, after Andrei Markov and Roman Hamrlik) on the Montreal Canadiens.

His $5.375 million

Sundin

Cliff Fletcher has told TSN that the Leafs have given Bob Gainey permission to talk to Mats Sundin.

Martin Lemay, who's at the draft for CKAC, says he's

Marleau?

Writing in La Presse, Mathias Brunet speculates that a deal for Patrick Marleau could be in the works.

Brunet reasons that the development of Joe Pavelski makes Marleau

Market watch

Sportsnet reports Jeff Carter will re-up with the Flyers: three years, $15 million.

Carter in 2007-'08: 29 goals, 24 assists, plus-6

Andrei Kostitsyn,  chosen one spot ahead of Carter

Malkin rumour debunked

TSN's Bob McKenzie – the most plugged-in hockey pundit on the planet – doubts the Penguins will deal Eveni Malkin to L.A. for a package that includes

Leafs bulk up

Toronto has swapped a third-round draft pick for rugged St. Louis forward Jamal Mayers.

Mayers, who's from Toronto, had 12 goals, 27 points and 91 PiM this past season.

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Vinny staying put?

RDS reports that Vincent Lecavalier is on the verge of signing a long-term contract that will keep him in Tampa Bay.

Lecavalier, 28, is entering the final season of