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
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.