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Flames sign Matt Stajan to 4-year, $14 million contract extension

Mar 1, 2010, 2:21 PM EDT

Today has been a day of teams slightly overpaying for second and
third line players, in an effort not to lose them to free agency.
Earlier, Steve Ott was signed by the Dallas Stars for nearly $3 million
per season for for four years, and now we have the news that the Calgary
Flames have signed Matt Stajan to a contract extension. Per TSN’s
Bob McKenzie
:

Matt Stajan has
agreed to terms with Calgary Flames on four-yr extension worth about
$3.5 million per yr. Was going to be UFA on July 1.

This
signing certainly means that the Flames will be forced to make another
trade to unload some salary, as they currently have just $7 million in
cap room for next season with eight players facing free agency this
summer. Is this a sign that Ales Kotalik could be gone, soon after he’s
arrived, as there is now a long-term logjam both in payroll and on the
roster? Perhaps Dustin Boyd is on his way out, although his being traded
won’t free up any space at all under the cap.

  1. John Fontana - Mar 1, 2010 at 2:27 PM

    It doesn’t make sense. I mean, they ditch Phaneuf and finally clear cap space and then do this? Are they planning on offloading more?
    The Stajan deal reminds me of the Sarich signing by the Flames a few years ago. Good player, but what the…? That much money??

  2. Glen Ness - May 11, 2010 at 5:35 PM

    Wow…talk about overpaying for an asset.
    I just heard that the Flames will not be able to afford Ian White after arbitration and yet they signed Stajan to 3.5 per?
    Stajan is a nice guy but is a third line center at best. He can lay down a decent forecheck but he will absolutely, positively never drop the gloves and everyone in the league knows it.
    Ian White has more potential in his right big toe than Stajan ever will have.
    The Leafs are a mess but Calgary is sure tryin!

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