Time For Some Matt Stajan Appreciation

arii
March 31 2015 04:00PM

In the Flames' wild and ridiculously unlikely 5-3 victory over the Dallas Stars, Matt Stajan played just 11:37. He was the third least-played forward, above only his linemates, the recently not-healthy-scratched Michael Ferland and Drew Shore. 

In the Flames' absolutely dominating 5-2 win over the Nashville Predators just the day before, Stajan played just 12:51; again, only above Ferland and Shore. That line did produce Ferland's first NHL goal on an insane shift, though, on which Stajan was particularly noticeable.

That trio has looked pretty good together, actually. They aren't playing much, but Stajan has found a nice little niche centring two rookies still adjusting to the NHL game. He's a stabilizing veteran presence down the middle. 

This season just probably hasn't gone as he was anticipating it. This is the first year of Stajan's four-year, $3.125 million annual average deal. You don't re-sign with a team for that length of time and amount of money just to suddenly find yourself averaging 11:40, after all; his lowest ice time since being he was 22.

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The Playoff Table - March 31 2015

Ryan Pike
March 31 2015 01:00PM

The race for the West's eight spots in the Stanley Cup playoffs is heating up. The regular season ends in less than two weeks. The teams in the race have roughly 5 or 6 games left.

Here's a quick update on where the Flames sit right now, who they should worry about, and what's next.

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Kris Russell Named Masterton Nominee By PHWA

Ryan Pike
March 31 2015 11:00AM

The Calgary chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association today announced that defenseman Kris Russell has been named the team's nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.

The award is chosen by the PHWA from the 30 team nominees nominated by each chapter.

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Calgary Flames RFA's - AHL

Kent Wilson
March 31 2015 09:00AM

With maybe one exception (Paul Byron) all of the Flames current NHL RFA's are no-brainers to retain. It's the other 10 minor leaguers who make things a little bit tougher to predict. Let's take a look at the rest of Calgary's RFA class and see if we can determine who will stay and who will go. 

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HOW GOOD IS LAWSON CROUSE?

Lowetide
March 31 2015 07:00AM

If Lawson Crouse hadn't shown up on the hockey horizon, we might not have had anything to talk about for the 2015 draft. That's a stretch but the fact remains Crouse has—more than anyone in recent history—divided talent assessors in a big way. Is he a great prospect or a kid who developed into manhood far ahead of the other teenagers of his generation? Where will he play? Can he score consistently? Does he check well enough to be considered an impact checker? What the hell is an impact checker? Lawson Crouse is exhausting even just to talk about. Wait until you see him play!

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