Flames sign Matt Stajan to 4-year, $14 million contract extension


Today has been a day of teams slightly overpaying for second and
third line players, in an effort not to lose them to free agency.
Earlier, Steve Ott was signed by the Dallas Stars for nearly $3 million
per season for for four years, and now we have the news that the Calgary
Flames have signed Matt Stajan to a contract extension. Per TSN’s
Bob McKenzie

Matt Stajan has
agreed to terms with Calgary Flames on four-yr extension worth about
$3.5 million per yr. Was going to be UFA on July 1.

signing certainly means that the Flames will be forced to make another
trade to unload some salary, as they currently have just $7 million in
cap room for next season with eight players facing free agency this
summer. Is this a sign that Ales Kotalik could be gone, soon after he’s
arrived, as there is now a long-term logjam both in payroll and on the
roster? Perhaps Dustin Boyd is on his way out, although his being traded
won’t free up any space at all under the cap.

Blues’ Shattenkirk suffers lower-body injury

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This hasn’t been the best night for St. Louis sports fans.

Obviously, the MLB’s Cardinals getting bounced from the playoffs is a bigger deal, but the Blues face bad news, too.

While they’re currently leading the Calgary Flames by a score of 4-3, they’ll need to hang on without Kevin Shattenkirk, whose night is over thanks to a lower-body injury.

There’s no word yet on how severe the issue might be.

Naturally, the Blues must hope that it’s minor, as Shattenkirk is one of the NHL’s truly underrated assets on the blueline.

Stephanie (@MyRegularFace) tracked down a moment when the injury may have happened:

It’s not all rosy for the Flames, either, as Lance Bouma suffered an injury as well.

Measure of revenge? Red Wings bottle Lightning


In some ways, it really felt like their first-round series.

For all the talent on both ends of the rink with the Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning, each squad can really smother opponents defensively when things go that way.

Through two periods, the two teams were very quiet. Things really picked up when Justin Abdelkader unleashed a big hit, a moment that injected enough life into the proceedings for the Red Wings to eventually build a 3-1 win.

Maybe they’re slipping under the radar a bit compared to previous iterations of the team, but it’s interesting that the Red Wings are now undefeated in three games.

They’ve been impressive at times, too, outscoring opponents by a combined score of 11-4.

Call it a refreshing time after Mike Babcock or merely carryover from a subtly solid run last season, but either way, the Red Wings may just be able to keep up their end of a brewing rivalry.