Introducing: STAJAN-WATCH

Danny Gray
November 08 2011 12:55PM

                           

 

On January 31, 2010 Matt Stajan was the “centerpiece” of the deal that sent Dion Phaneuf and Keith Aulie to Toronto. Niklas Hagman, Ian White, Jamal Mayers, and Frederick Sjostrom were also tangentially involved.  Since that time Dion has been named Captain of the Leafs and appears to have taken a real step forward in becoming a legit top-pairing defenseman in the NHL. How about Matt Stajan? I’m sure glad you asked.

 

                       

                                            STAJAN WATCH!!

Matt is currently fighting for a roster spot in Calgary after signing a 4 year contract extension worth $3.5 Million a year in the spring of 2010.  For reference, his capgeek contract page list Letang and Ryan Clowe as “comparables”. What else has Matt been up to out West?

  • Currently 453 in the NHL in points with 2 in 11 GP.
  • Matt is currently the 8th most popular buyout search on Capgeek.
  • Matt has fewer points with the Flames than Dion Phaneuf does with the Leafs.
  • Stajan is averaging 11:19 of ice-time per game. Less than guys like Phillipe Dupuis and Dan Carcillo.

This really isn’t about Matt Stajan. I liked Stajan when he was a Leaf, he was a decent C who played a two-way game. Well it sort of is, but more than anything it’s to counteract the countless articles penned when a former Leaf does well anywhere else in the NHL. If a player the Leafs have traded plays well, no matter how briefly, fans are subjected to polemics condemning both the front office as well as the dreaded “Blue and White Disease”. So we’ll keep checking in on Matt, the Mississauga native, throughout the season; it’s really a shame the Leafs let this local boy get away.

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#1 mendicant
November 08 2011, 01:07PM
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The best part about this idea is that you'll almost never have to provide an update!

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#2 Kent Wilson
November 08 2011, 01:14PM
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Haven't we Flames fans suffered enough?

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#3 Domebeers.com
November 08 2011, 01:16PM
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"I liked Stajan when he was a Leaf, he was a decent C who played a two-way game."

Don't tease us with visions of a Matt Stajan who is capable of playing a two way game.

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#5 icedawg_42
November 08 2011, 02:21PM
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You Leafs send us Stajan, and we hadn't even gotten over Gary Leeman!

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#6 Chemmy
November 08 2011, 04:03PM
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HOW COULD WE LET HIM GO

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#7 non descript
November 09 2011, 10:24AM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

Haven't we Flames fans suffered enough?

No, Flames fans need to keep suffering.

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#8 Team Hall
November 09 2011, 10:36AM
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OOooooh, that one will come back to bite you Leafers, big time. You will rue the day you let him get away. Too bad you dont have Daryl Sutter around anymore to make these "trades" with.

From the bottom of my Oiler heart I thank you for taking Phaneuf and Buff for taking Regehr. Hated playing those guys. Calgary is a shell of itself without those two on the backend.

Now, how about an article on that young Tyler Seguin in Boston. I hear he's not too bad. Plays at both ends of the ice, unlike a certain "O-zone Only Kessel". Hahahaha, just stirring the pot, enjoy your monumental victory on the Phaneuf deal. You deserve a little bit of gloating. Especially when it comes at the cost of the Flameballs.

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#9 1967-4ever
November 09 2011, 11:27AM
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Both Stajan and Phaneuf have played the same amount of playoff games since the trade.

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#10 Baldy Cotton
November 09 2011, 11:27AM
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Will there be a Jonas Hoglund watch soon?

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#11 icedawg_42
November 09 2011, 01:48PM
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1967-4ever wrote:

Both Stajan and Phaneuf have played the same amount of playoff games since the trade.

This made me feel better...for however long it lasts.

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#12 Bob
November 09 2011, 02:37PM
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I think he is on pace to have more than a pt per million dollars... i mean it a start right....

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#13 Wanyes bastard child
November 09 2011, 04:45PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

Haven't we Flames fans suffered enough?

No ;)

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