Puckspeak: Tangradi finds peace playing for Winnipeg
Q: Did you need to get away from Pittsburgh?
A: It was definitey something I needed. I was never able to get to my game. So yeah, this fresh start has really been an important thing for me. I feel like I've finally found a little bit of an identity here, which is something I never had in Pittsburgh.
Q: Do you feel any bitterness toward the Penguins?
A: Not really. Look at their roster. It's all veterans. Look at Rob (Robert Bortuzzo). He's an NHL defenseman, and he's in Wilkes-Barre right now. I played against guys in juniors that have probably gotten more of a chance than I have. That's the luck of the draw. It's not that I'm bitter. It's just bad luck.
Q: The Penguins could meet the Jets in the playoffs. Thoughts?
A: That would be a very emotional thing for me. And it would be very emotional for the city of Winnipeg. Wow would that be exciting. Hopefully we can get that No. 3 seed so we wouldn't have to see the Pens right away.
Q: Iginla in Pittsburgh? How about that?
A: It seemed like it was a done deal with Boston. But trades are a crazy thing. Trust me, we were all talking about it.
Q: How exciting is playing in the NHL's loudest building for every home game?
A: It's unreal. You pretty much can't talk to the guy beside you on the bench.