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Puckspeak: Tangradi finds peace playing for Winnipeg

| Saturday, March 30, 2013, 11:49 p.m.
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The Jets' Eric Tangradi skates in a game against the Maple Leafs on March 16, 2013, at Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

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.

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