A history of Flames numbers: #18, Matt Stajan

Matt Stajan’s number, before the Flames got him from Toronto, was #14. The problem? Well, #14 has kind of been permanently taken here. It’s not going to be worn again – and it’s not available. (Will there ever be a formal retirement? Well, who’s to say.)

So he took #18 instead. It’s had brief flashes of greatness, and right after them, it’s had Stajan.

#18 on the Flames

Stajan is the 20th player in Flames franchise history to wear #18:

  • C Rey Comeau
  • LW Darcy Rota
  • LW Gerry O’Flaherty
  • RW Brad Smith
  • RW Dave Hindmarch
  • C Joe Nieuwendyk
  • C Randy Bucyk
  • LW Craig Coxe
  • LW Stu Grimson
  • RW Jonas Bergqvist
  • LW Paul Kruse
  • D Trent Yawney
  • LW Pavel Torgaev
  • RW Marty McInnis
  • C Steve Dubinsky
  • C Daniel Tkaczuk
  • LW Jamie Wright
  • C Chris Drury
  • C Matthew Lombardi
  • C Matt Stajan

Hey, he’s the second Matt, too! And the eighth centre. This is almost exclusively forwards, except Yawney, a former defenceman, is in there too, for some reason. He’s currently an assistant coach with the Anaheim Ducks though, and maybe could have been a potential candidate for the Flames at some point? But probably not. But maybe; his name was floating around the Ducks’ vacancy for a while, at least.

Also check it out, rookie Nieuwendyk!

The best #18

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Obviously it’s Nieuwendyk and his, like, nine games wearing #18. 

Overall, though? There are very slim pickings here. Drury is next, but he was only a Flame for one season. Rota was in Atlanta for a grand total of 57 games. McInnis hit the 91 game mark, and then it’s Stajan, who has somehow already spent seven seasons in Calgary. (Time flies, doesn’t it?)

Unfortunately, it does look like Stajan’s best years are very much behind him. 

Previous numbers

#1Brian Elliott #3Jyrki Jokipakka
#5Mark Giordano #6Dennis Wideman
#7T.J. Brodie #11Mikael Backlund
#13Johnny Gaudreau #15Ladislav Smid
#17Lance Bouma
  • freethe flames

    Listening on the radio this morning and Kerr and the boys were talking about the Flames and the possibility of signing Kris Russell. If they do it means that analytics don’t mean very much. I’m in the camp that I hope this is a bad rumor.

  • Baalzamon

    So the neutral arbitrator who ruled in Wideman’s favor got dismissed by the NHL.

    … who would want to be an arbitrator for the NHL? We’ll respect your decision as long as you agree with us? Sign me up!

    • piscera.infada

      Cronyism at it’s finest. They might as well amend the CBA to read:

      […] a “neutral” arbitrator.

      You’d have to think that the NHLPA will be all over this though. I mean, legally, it seems like an extremely contentious move by the NHL. The arbitrator was collectively bargained, it’s obviously not mandated that the NHL should choose whomever aligns with their interests–hence “neutral”.

  • Flamethrower

    This is a club that is to be moving forward not backwards. Treliving must at times feel like a one legged man in an ass kicking contest. He has come a long way but still has a ways to go…bad contracts.