Stajan Out Indefinetely

Pat Steinberg
September 22 2010 02:37PM

SUNRISE, FL - FEBRUARY 5: Matt Stajan #18 of the Calgary Flames wiats for th epuck to be dropped by linesman Rody Vaughan #73 during the game against the Florida Panthers on February 5, 2010 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. The Flames defeated the Panthers 2-1. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

The Calgary Flames announced today forward Matt Stajan will be out indefinetely after suffering a seperated shoulder in a preseason game in Vancouver Tuesday night.  Stajan joins Daymond Langkow on the shelf, and both players don't have a set timetable to return at this time.

Head Coach Brent Sutter says Mikael Backlund will move to Stajan's spot centering the second line for the time being, so we should see that look for the first time Saturday night when the Flames host the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The other injury update came in the form of prospect forward John Armstrong, who was struck by a puck last night in Calgary.  He's been evaluated and is now awaiting word from the Flames medical staff.  Forward Niklas Hagman along with defencemen John Negrin and Matt Pelech sat out practice today, for what the team is calling maintenance reasons.

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#1 Luc
September 22 2010, 02:41PM
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i hate to say it but im really quite excited to see Backlund really get an opportunity to shine with Bourque.

of course i wish stajan a speedy recovery but go backlund go. run with it!!

im getting excited about our youngsters pushing for spots. im going to throw it out there and say there will be one surprise on the roster.

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#2 Kent Wilson
September 22 2010, 02:44PM
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Yuck. Those things can be bitches to come back from (depending on the severity).

With Stone, Langkow and Stajan on the shelf, Moss might just end up playing center in October.

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#3 Brent G.
September 22 2010, 02:49PM
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WOW! So Backlund is definitely starting the year in Calgary and Conroy can breathe a sigh of relief because no way he is going anywhere anymore either. Before yesterday we had pretty good depth at center and now we are left with:

Jokinen

Backlund

Moss(?)

Conroy

Not the best but not the worst either IMO. The way this year is already starting to turn out I'm thinking its going to lead to a rebuilding year next year. I'm thinking injuries will keep the team down now. I'm thinking Stone is the guy most likely to return first and hopefully its not too long so he can take conroys spot on the 4th, he can move up to the 3rd and Moss to the wing.

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#4 dotfras
September 22 2010, 03:03PM
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Excited that Backlund is going to have a chance to step in and prove himself. I think we're going to have an easier time than last year with the bad teams year but a tougher time with teams like Red Wings & Pens, etc.

Will Stajan go to LTIR?

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#8 Domebeers.com
September 22 2010, 03:31PM
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In fact, I dont think you come back from those injuries. I mean, you do, but shoulders dont come back 100%.

Disclaimer: Im not a doctor, only play one on tv.

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#9 Nathan
September 22 2010, 03:31PM
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Happy to see that Backlund will probably make the roster but I wish it didn't come at the expense of Stajan or anyone else. What I worry about is faceoffs, as I believe our best faceoff men are out indefinitely.. Additionally, I felt that Stajan was ready to go.. New season, new contract, fresh start.. It's a shame really.. Get well soon Staj!

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#10 shep
September 22 2010, 04:02PM
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oh noes.

if 22 and 18 both is out for an extended period thats really bad news. 13-24-60-25 is not going very far

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#11 Michael
September 22 2010, 04:07PM
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Maybe Sutter knew what he was doing when he resigned Jokinen... this team would be in serious trouble without him. We may be able to get by with Jokinen, Backlund and Conroy, but if Langkow / Stajan are gone longer term, do we need to sign another center? What about a vet like Brendan Morrision, he is desperate for work, and would sign real cheap?

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#14 Casey
September 22 2010, 05:06PM
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@Kent Wilson

Agreed. Been there. Done that a couple of times on each shoulder. They take a long time to heal and get back to full strength. It is very easy to think that you are back and then re-injure the shoulder.

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#15 dustin642
September 22 2010, 07:17PM
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So is it too late to invite a vet or 2 to camp? Ryan Johnson, given our situation would make a lot of sense. Especially on a 2 way deal, that guy would be great for all the kids in Abbotsford.

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#16 44stampede
September 22 2010, 07:32PM
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Once separated the shoulder will be much more likely to do it again. Those injuries suck. Remember Begin? I remember him coming back after separating his and checking someone LIGHTLY into the boards. He then went off holding his shoulder as it went out again.

He did come back again though.

Hopefully Stajan's it is not a full separation and just a partial.

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#17 Greg
September 22 2010, 08:07PM
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Yuck. Wasn't it a separated shoulder that took Tanguay from a top 10 LWer to a 2nd liner? Hope they don't rush him back but let it heal properly.

Backlund's odds of making the team just went from 10% to 90%. Conroy's went from 60 to 100. I think a likely scenario now is Conroy gets his silver stick, and then when Langkow and Stajan come back, either he or Backlund go down to the farm, depending on how Backlund does until then.

Does this mean both Kotalik and Staois are safe from the cap cut for the time being?

@Michael

"Maybe Sutter knew what he was doing when he resigned Jokinen... this team would be in serious trouble without him."

That statement is so wrong on so many levels. True. But wrong. :)

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#18 Brent G.
September 23 2010, 07:10AM
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So I was pondering this last night and maybe someone can provide some insight on.

Where the heck is Erixson? I have heard absolutely nothing about him at training camp, Red vs White game, Prospects team in Penticton, or any general news for the last year... What happened to him?

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#19 Brent G.
September 23 2010, 07:16AM
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I would imagine one or both is still going to find a place to live elsewhere (Staios in Abby if I were a betting man). Regardless of the cap crunch I still dont see where he fits on this team with 8 defensemen on one way deals and kids making a very strong push to make the team. Of course this is just coming from a cognitive hockey fan who can look at situations logically; Sutter likely wont see it the same way (he may sign him to an extension even *shudder*).

I guess what my point is that regardless of the cap they can't carry 9 defensemen into the season, what a waste, so they have to remove someone. Logical defensmen to go are Kronwall and Staios.

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#20 PrairieStew
September 23 2010, 08:35AM
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@Brent G.

Brent - Tim Erixon is playing in the Swedish elite league this season. Probably the best place for him for now.

The roster of 23 players that includes Stajan, Langkow, Kotalik, and 8 defensemen including Staios and Kronwall is 2.3 million over the cap. Removing Kronwall from that group makes no sense at all, he is at league minimum of $500k - and you'd have to replace him with someone else - Pelech at $600, Negrin at $790 or a forward - all of whom cost at least $500.

You can be up to $4.5 over if Langkow is on LTIR - so adding Backlund to the roster would bring the team to $3.5 over. The problem with that scenario that when Langkow returns - it would take more than one move to get back under ( ie sending either Kotalik or Staios to the minors saves only $3 or $2.7)

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#21 Brent G.
September 23 2010, 10:03AM
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PrairieStew wrote:

Brent - Tim Erixon is playing in the Swedish elite league this season. Probably the best place for him for now.

The roster of 23 players that includes Stajan, Langkow, Kotalik, and 8 defensemen including Staios and Kronwall is 2.3 million over the cap. Removing Kronwall from that group makes no sense at all, he is at league minimum of $500k - and you'd have to replace him with someone else - Pelech at $600, Negrin at $790 or a forward - all of whom cost at least $500.

You can be up to $4.5 over if Langkow is on LTIR - so adding Backlund to the roster would bring the team to $3.5 over. The problem with that scenario that when Langkow returns - it would take more than one move to get back under ( ie sending either Kotalik or Staios to the minors saves only $3 or $2.7)

The reason it makes sense to get rid of Kronwall goes beyond salary cap reasons. Hes a decent defender but it makes no sense to keep him on the roster when prospects in the system should have his place. Pelech is likely already better than him and has a high ceiling, although his cap hit is a little bit higher I would hope ahl-caliber Kronwall is not going to take his place because his salary is $300K less; peanuts in the grand scheme.

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#22 JF
September 23 2010, 10:11AM
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@Brent G.

Erixon was not given clearance by his Swedish Elite team to attend as he is liklely to be coming over for the World Junior tournament.

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#23 Kent Wilson
September 23 2010, 10:49AM
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Kronwall won't make the club. He's going to be the vet in Abby for sure. I didn't know why Sutter signed him to a one-way contract way back when and I've never figured it out, but it doesn't really matter to anyone outside of Murray Edwards I guess.

He'll be an injury call-up, at best.

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#24 PrairieStew
September 23 2010, 02:54PM
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@Kent Wilson

I agree with you Brent that Pelech probably has more upside than Kronwall. but if it is just about having that 23rd guy that is going to sit in the press box anyway - why not Kronwall rather than Pelech. In either case they are clearly #8D at best.

I would rather see Pelech play 20 minutes in Abby, as he is still developing (?). Sending Kronwall down is OK by me if he doesn't have to clear waivers. Losing him for nothing makes no sense at all, because at $500 K he is as good a value as you'll get for roster spot 23.

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#25 SmellOfVictory
September 23 2010, 11:04PM
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Wasn't there a story like a month back on Kronwall deciding to go to Europe?

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