The Calgary Flames and centre Matt Stajan have agreed on a four-year contract extension. The deal will see him earn $3.125M a season.
Stajan, who is in the final season of a four-year, $14-million contract, just recently snapped a 16-game goal-scoring drought during Saturday’s 3-2 shootout loss to the Vancouver Canucks. The inconsistent middleman has seven goals and 10 assists in 41 contests this season, and if you believe in this type of stat, Stajan holds a minus 18 rating on the season. That’s not the highest on the Flames currently, however, as both Lee Stempniak and Mike Cammalleri sit at minus 20 while producing nearly identical offensive numbers.
Stajan came into the NHL with high hopes after proving himself in the Ontario Hockey League. His professional career hasn’t gone exactly as he hoped, unfortunately, and missing time with a deep leg contusion wasn’t on his agenda when he started off the 2013-2014 season. Playing in a contract year, it was unsure that he would even get another contract after his current pact, but he’s proved his worth as a bottom six winger on a weak Calgary roster. Regardless, the cap hit is low, and it gives the Flames a few extra years to develop the likes of Max Reinhart, Corban Knight and Markus Granlund.
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