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Feaster: ‘We won’t have any compliance buyouts’

Jun 14, 2013, 2:57 PM EDT

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Barring a trade, Matt Stajan will apparently remain a member of the Calgary Flames next season.

“We won’t have any compliance buyouts,” said Flames general manager Jay Feaster today.

Stajan was the prime Calgary candidate to be bought out before the salary cap falls to $64.3 million for next season. The 29-year-old has one year remaining on his deal, with a cap hit of $3.5 million.

But while Stajan has been largely disappointing since coming to the Flames from Toronto, he’s also one of the few experienced NHL centers on the roster.

Also worth noting: his actual salary is only $2.5 million, and the Flames aren’t really in cap trouble.

Calgary is slated to pick sixth overall at the upcoming draft; however, Feaster said the club has had “extensive conversations with other teams about moving up into the top five.”

  1. atwatercrushesokoye - Jun 14, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    Aren’t really in cap trouble? Once Kipper retires they’re $25 million under, that would signify zero trouble at all. Also your article fails to mention that Sajan actually had his best year as a Flame this past season, and with him going into the last year of the contract, buying him out at this point would make no sense at all. Now Alex Tangay on the other hand would have been a very good candidate to have his contract bought out, I wonder if the fact he suffered a fairly serious knee injury part way through the season is the reason they can’t buy him out?

    • timmeh022 - Jun 14, 2013 at 4:15 PM

      That knee injury I think is the sole reason keeping Tanguay from being bought out. But with Kipper retiring, they will have A BUNCH of move to start this ‘rebuild’ Feaster has been avoiding. 3 1st round picks and a bunch of cap room, Feaster famine time now.

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Jun 14, 2013 at 7:11 PM

        I just read in the Herald that Feaster said Tanguay’s knee injury is now healed and he could play hockey tomorrow. He also said that they’ve talked to every team in the top 5 and know which teams are willing to trade down and exactly how much it will cost. He also commented that they want to turn the number 6 pick into a player that will come in and play immediately and that their top need is getter bigger and more skilled at center. I’m thinking the top choices for them would be MacKinnon or Barkov with Drouin being the consolation prize if they can’t get one of those two.

      • timmeh022 - Jun 15, 2013 at 11:33 AM

        I like Lindholm at 6, a good TWF with a bunch of promise without the necessity to move up I believe. BUT if they do move, MacKinnon or Drouin would be best, Barkov maybe. I’m not too high on Barkov, but he is still a good prospect which I would be happy with. I think all 4 of those prospects will make an impact in the NHL this next year.

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