CBC’s Elliotte Friedman reports the Calgary Flames have re-signed center Matt Stajan to a four-year, $12.5 million extension. He was eligible for UFA status this summer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That breaks down to an average cap hit of $3.125 million per season, a slight pay cut from the $3.5 million per season of his current deal. As his negotiations were with president of hockey operations BrianBurke, odds are he doesn’t have a no-trade clause this time around. Still, he gets a better deal over what he would’ve received this summer this summer in the free agent market.
Burke obviously values Stajan’s leadership and experience, plus the 30-year-old center has the support of coach Bob Hartley. As the Flames are rebuilding and likely to shed a couple of veterans in the coming months (hello there, Mike Cammalleri and Lee Stempniak), it’s a good idea to retain some core veterans, especially one who wants to stay as Stajan obviously does.