|Assets:||Can play a sound game with or without the puck. Has the versatility to play a few forward roles on a hockey club. Owns some offensive ability when he plays with confidence.|
|Flaws:||Doesn't have the consistency required to put up good NHL numbers, game in and game out. Can be overpowered physically and lacks the confidence to play a top-line role.|
|Career Potential:||Inconsistent complementary center in decline.|
|NHL||Played in the NHL YoungStars Game||2003-04|
|10/29/2014||Strained right knee, injured reserve.|
|4/09/2014||Missed 3 games (personal reasons).|
|4/03/2014||Personal reasons, day-to-day.|
|3/18/2014||Missed 8 games (personal reasons).|
|3/03/2014||Personal reasons, injured reserve.|
|1/20/2014||Signed by the Calgary Flames to a four-year contract extension.|
|10/24/2013||Missed 8 games (leg injury).|
|10/09/2013||Leg injury, injured reserve.|
|10/04/2013||Leg injury, day-to-day.|
|4/17/2013||Missed 4 games (upper body injury).|
|4/10/2013||Upper body injury, day-to-day.|
|1/19/2012||Missed 14 games (ankle injury).|
|12/19/2011||Ankle injury, injured reserve.|
|11/27/2010||Missed 2 games (upper body injury).|
|11/24/2010||Upper body injury, day-to-day.|
|10/14/2010||Missed 2 games (shoulder injury).|
|9/23/2010||Shoulder injury, injured reserve.|
|3/01/2010||Signed by the Calgary Flames to a four-year contract extension.|
|1/31/2010||Acquired from the Toronto Maple Leafs.|
|1/08/2009||Missed 5 games (eye injury).|
|12/28/2008||Eye injury, day-to-day.|
|7/07/2008||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the Toronto Maple Leafs to a two-year contract.|
|9/13/2006||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the Toronto Maple Leafs to a two-year contract.|
|9/15/2004||Assigned to St. John's (AHL).|
|3/09/2004||Recalled from St. John's (AHL).|
|3/06/2004||Assigned to St. John's (AHL).|
|4/06/2003||Assigned to St. John's (AHL).|
|4/03/2003||Signed by the Toronto Maple Leafs to a three-year contract.|
|9/18/2002||Returned to his junior team (Belleville-OHL).|
|1/31/2010||Toronto Maple Leafs traded Ian White, Matt Stajan, Nicklas Hagman and Jamal Mayers to the Calgary Flames for Dion Phaneuf, Keith Aulie and Fredrik Sjostrom.|
|6/22/2002||Drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2nd round (57th overall) in 2002.|
Calgary center Matt Stajan gets plenty of ice time, but isn't producing statistics for fantasy owners. | 09/23/2014 2:05 PM
NewsCalgary center Matt Stajan gets plenty of ice time, but isn't producing statistics for fantasy owners.
ImpactStajan scored 14 goals with 19 assists last season and we have him producing in a slightly lower range in 2014-15 with 24 points.
Matt Stajan scores, Flames downed by Leafs | 04/01/2014 10:30 PM
NewsMatt Stajan increased his point streak to four games with a goal in Calgary's 3-2 loss to Toronto on Tuesday night.
ImpactStajan has two goals and two assists over the four game span. He has 31 points through 60 games this season, needing just one more point to eclipse his best output as a member of the Calgary Flames.
Stajan gets assist in Flames' losing effort | 03/27/2014 8:41 AM
NewsMatt Stajan recorded an assist in Wednesday's 3-2 loss to Anaheim.
ImpactStajan has 11 goals and 28 points in 57 games this season. He's been averaging 18:23 minutes per contest in 2013-14, which is the most he's logged since 2009-10.
Stajan has productive and emotional night | 03/23/2014 8:42 AM
NewsMatt Stajan dedicated his tremendous performance Saturday night to his newborn son, who had passed away just a few weeks ago.
ImpactIt was a touching moment for the Stajan family who had gone through such a tragedy. Stajan pointed to the heavens as he scored his goal in the Flames' 8-1 rout of the Oilers. Stajan also registered three assists to give him a four-point night. Stajan's teammates certainly acknowledged the special moment he enjoyed after scoring his goal. "It's been a tough go for him, but they're a strong family," Curtis Glencross said. "Him and Katie have done a lot of praying and gone through a lot. I got a little choked up after his goal when he pointed up. You could see exactly what he was doing. He's not only a good player but an unbelievable person." We along with all hockey fans wish the Stajan family peace of mind.
Stajan was told he could take more time off | 03/18/2014 9:52 AM
NewsMatt Stajan (personal) was told by the Calgary Flames that he should take as much time off as he needed, but he wanted to return.
ImpactStajan is mourning the death of his newborn son, but after talking with his wife and taking a couple weeks off, they decided it was best for him to start moving forward. "Obviously, we're always going to remember and it never gets easy," Stajan said. "But you've got to move on and . . . this is another step forward." Stajan will play on Tuesday.
Matt Stajan will be back in Tuesday night | 03/17/2014 3:15 PM
NewsTo update an earlier item, Matt Stajan will be back in the lineup in Tuesday's game against Buffalo.
Pat Steinberg on Twitter
ImpactHe has been out of action since Mar. 3 because of the death of his newborn son.
Matt Stajan (personal) returns to practice | 03/17/2014 12:39 PM
NewsMatt Stajan (personal) was back at practice on Monday.
Randy Sportak on Twitter
ImpactIt was his first time on the ice with his teammates since the death of his newborn son. Stajan has missed Calgary's last eight games, but his return suggests he could be ready to return to the lineup on Tuesday night.
Matt Stajan grieves loss of son during leave | 03/09/2014 5:29 PM
NewsThe Calgary Flames explained that Matt Stajan and his family have been grieving the loss of their son Emerson, who died on March 3.
ImpactAwful news for the Flames forward. No timetable was provided regarding when he might return, for understandable reasons.
Matt Stajan nets lone goal in loss to Philly | 02/08/2014 3:59 PM
NewsMatt Stajan scored Calgary's only goal in a 2-1 loss to Philadelphia Saturday.
ImpactHe scored late in the third period to give the Flames hope of a comeback, but they couldn't get the equalizer. Stajan has 10 goals and 23 points in 50 games this year. T.J. Galiardi and Joe Colborne picked up assists in Saturday's loss.
Matt Stajan extends point streak to 3 games | 01/29/2014 9:19 AM
NewsMatt Stajan had a goal and an assist in Calgary's 5-4 victory on Tuesday.
ImpactStajan is on a three-game point streak after inking a four-year extension on Jan. 20. He now has nine goals and 21 points in 45 contests in 2013-14.
Stajan scores in win | 01/23/2014 2:43 AM
NewsMatt Stajan scored a goal in Calgary's 3-2 win over Phoenix Wednesday night.
ImpactStajan has been struggling this year and he has an ugly minus-17 rating with eight goals and 10 assists in 43 games. Rookie Sean Monahan and Lance Bouma also scored for the Flames.
Matt Stajan will help with Flames' rebuild | 01/22/2014 9:29 AM
NewsMatt Stajan doesn't mind being part of a rebuilding effort.
Impact"I want to be a part of something where you can turn something around and grow it all together to be successful," Stajan said. "Sometimes you go in and, yeah, I could get traded to a playoff team. Yeah, you get a taste of that. But at the end of the day, I think it's more of an accomplishment if you're a part of something." That was part of his motivation for signing a four-year, $12.5 million extension.
Report: Stajan, Flames reach 4-year extension | 01/20/2014 6:40 PM
NewsMatt Stajan has reportedly inked a four-year, $12.5 million contract extension with the Calgary Flames.
Elliotte Friedman on Twitter
ImpactHe has recorded seven goals, 17 points and a minus-18 rating in 41 games this season. Stajan has played with the Flames since being acquired from Toronto, as part of the Dion Phaneuf trade, during the 2009-10 campaign.
Stajan, Giordano score in shootout loss | 01/19/2014 1:20 AM
NewsMatt Stajan scored for the Flames, who fell 3-2 in the shootout against the Canucks on Saturday night.
ImpactStajan's goal was his first since Dec. 14, a span of 16 games without a goal. He now has seven goals and 17 points on the year. Mark Giordano scored the other goal, a power-play marker in the second period. Lance Bouma and Lee Stempniak had the assists.
Stajan doesn't fault Backes for knee hit | 12/29/2013 8:56 AM
NewsMatt Stajan doesn't think David Backes was out to hurt him when he delivered a knee-on-knee hit during Monday's game.
Impact"He sent me a text to see if I was OK, which was nice of him," said Stajan. "I don't think there was any intent. It's a reaction play. A bang-bang play, he was trying to hit me and I tried to dodge the hit and his leg came through. That happens a lot. I never thought there was any intent, I just was frustrated at the time with the way it went down, in the heat of the moment." Stajan ended up rejoining the Flames for their following game on Friday. That's not the only big blow he's taken recently, but he hasn't missed a contest as a result of them and claims to feel okay.
Matt Stajan fine after knee-on-knee hit | 12/27/2013 1:25 PM
NewsMatt Stajan says he's fine to play Friday after he took a knee-on-knee hit from St. Louis' David Backes on Monday.
Randy Sportak on Twitter
ImpactHe left the game in overtime after the collision, but it sounds like he'll be available for Friday's game versus Edmonton. It's probably safe to keep him active if you normally would. Stajan has six goals and 16 points in 29 games.
Matt Stajan suffers knee injury on Monday | 12/24/2013 9:09 AM
NewsMatt Stajan left Monday's game in overtime after being struck by a knee-on-knee hit.
ImpactThe Flames didn't provide an update on Stajan's condition after the game. He has 16 points and 20 penalty minutes in 29 games this season.
Matt Stajan pots OT winner against Sabres | 12/14/2013 5:21 PM
NewsMatt Stajan recorded the game-winning goal in overtime for Calgary in a matinee match versus Buffalo on Saturday.
ImpactStajan has six goals and nine assists in 24 games this season, but he has picked up five points in his last six matches. Paul Byron scored Calgary's other marker in the contest and he earned an assist as well.
Matt Stajan registers two assists vs Phoenix | 12/05/2013 8:49 AM
NewsMatt Stajan had two assists in Calgary's 4-1 win over Phoenix on Wednesday.
ImpactStajan has four goals and 12 points in 19 games this season. He's averaging 19:16 minutes per contest, which makes him worth keeping an eye on, but even still his offensive potential is nothing to get excited over.
Stajan scores twice in loss | 11/15/2013 3:36 AM
NewsMatt Stajan scored two goals in Calgary's 7-3 loss to Dallas Thursday evening.
ImpactStajan ended Kari Lehtonen's bid for back-to-back shutouts at 15:01 in the second period blasting a slap shot from the top of the faceoff circle past his glove. Stajan now has seven points in 11 games. David Jones had a goal and an assist for the Flames in the loss.
Matt Stajan scores first of the season | 10/31/2013 5:04 AM
NewsMatt Stajan scored his first goal of the season Wednesday.
ImpactIt was against his former team, the Toronto Maple Leafs so it must have felt good to the 29-year-old center as he has only played in four games due to a deep leg contusion but already has three points. Stajan should be in the 40-45 point range as he should see plenty of top-six minutes this season.
Matt Stajan will suit up Thursday night | 10/24/2013 2:34 PM
NewsMatt Stajan will return to Calgary's lineup Thursday from a leg injury.
ImpactHe missed eight games with a deep leg contusion. Stajan is slated to play between Curtis Glencross and Lee Stempniak.
No new news on return of Matt Stajan | 10/07/2013 6:56 AM
NewsThere is no new word on the possible return date of Matt Stajan who is out week-to-week with a deep leg contusion.
Impact"I saw him this morning and he looks like he had a few slices of pizza and burgers over the last week. He has a big butt right now (because of his injury)," coach Bob Hartley said. "Injuries always open the door for some new responsibilities for other players. At the same time, it gives us a chance to learn more about Monahan and Colborne and those guys and get them quality ice time in key situations. That's where you learn and that's where you get better." With the deep leg contusion, it may be a while for Stajan to even begin skating so Sean Monahan could be staying the whole season rather than the Flames even thinking about sending him back to junior hockey.
Calgary says Matt Stajan's out week-to-week | 10/04/2013 8:18 PM
NewsOne can assume that the Calgary Flames will soon place Matt Stajan on the injured reserve, as they pronounced him out week-to-week with a deep leg contusion.
Calgary Flames on Twitter
ImpactThe loss is biggest for Stajan, 29, who's in a contract year with an undeniably uncertain NHL future. For the Flames, it likely opens the door for young players to get some reps at the highest level. It's doubtful many fantasy owners were counting on much from Stajan, either.
Matt Stajan questionable, Colborne may play | 10/04/2013 3:47 PM
NewsMatthew Stajan (undisclosed) is questionable to play Friday.
Pat Steinberg on Twitter
ImpactHe got banged up in Thursday's contest at Washington and his status could be a game-time decision. If he is unable to play then Joe Colborne might make his Calgary debut in Stajan's place.
Stajan's big night help Flames beat Rangers | 09/24/2013 2:37 AM
NewsMatt Stajan had a goal and two assists as the Flames beat the Rangers 4-1.
ImpactCurtis Glencross and Dennis Wideman both had a goal and an assist while Karri Ramo stopped 28 shots and only conceded one goal for the Flames. Lance Bouma scored an empty-net goal for the Flames while Marc Staal had the lone goal for the Rangers.
Stajan sticks up for his teammate Monday | 09/17/2013 10:51 AM
NewsMatthew Stajan got into a fight in Monday's preseason game against the Ottawa Senators.
ImpactStajan was standing up for teammate David Jones after he was hit by Senators rookie Michael Sdao. "I saw his head snap back, so I kinda thought it was a bit of a head-shot," Stajan said. "It's something you do for your teammates. Guys do it for me all the time. It's a reaction play, and it's the kind of team we need. We're all in this together." Stajan has a chance to earn a spot on Calgary's first line. That makes him worth keeping an eye on, even if he hasn't had any fantasy value in years.
Stajan feels like he had a good season | 05/01/2013 8:49 AM
NewsMatthew Stajan is happy with how he did in 2013.
Impact"I think it was my best year personally," Stajan said. "The coaching staff showed a lot of confidence in me early in the season and gave me an opportunity. I really appreciated that and wanted to make the best of it. I felt like I did a pretty good job." Stajan had five goals and 23 points in 43 games after recording just 18 points in 61 contests in 2011-12. It's certainly a step up, but we don't anticipate him having much fantasy value in standard leagues next season.
Matthew Stajan returns to Flames' lineup | 04/18/2013 8:59 AM
NewsMatthew Stajan (upper body) returned to the Calgary Flames' lineup on Wednesday.
ImpactStajan missed four games due to the injury. He had a plus-one rating in 16:03 minutes of ice time.
| 04/18/2013 2:04 AM
NewsMatthew Stajan returned to action on Wednesday April 17.
Matthew Stajan out with upper body injury | 04/09/2013 6:19 AM
NewsMatthew Stajan suffered an upper body injury in the first period Monday and did not return after the intermission.
ImpactStajan was smacked into the boards by the Avs Patrick Bordeleau who picked up a two minute minor for his indiscretion. Stajan only played 3:27 minutes on Monday and now has five goals and 23 points in 38 games for the second last place Flames. His plus-five rating is quite good considering where the Flames are in the standings. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Stajan chips in two helpers | 04/07/2013 1:47 AM
NewsMatt Stajan led the rebuilding Flames with two assists on Saturday night but the team dropped a 5-2 decision to the Vancouver Canucks.
ImpactStajan is enjoying his best season as a Flame despite all the misery in Calgary this year with 23 points in 37 games.
Matt Stajan scores both Flames goals | 04/04/2013 1:15 AM
NewsMatt Stajan had far and away the best night of anyone for the Calgary Flames, scoring both of their goals as the Edmonton Oilers thumped them 8-2 on Wednesday.
ImpactFor a much-derided player, Stajan's actually been OK this season, collecting 21 points in 35 games. He's definitely on the fringe of even deep leagues, but that $3.5 million cap hit seems semi-reasonable with his respectable production. He could see a slight uptick on a desolate roster, but don't get your hopes up too high.
Coach Bob Hartley loves Matthew Stajan | 02/26/2013 6:41 AM
NewsCoach Bob Hartley has loved the play of Matthew Stajan this season.
ImpactStajan was not a big part of the Flames plans with only eight goals and 18 points last season in 61 games, as he was a healthy scratch for previous coach Brent Sutter on numerous occasions. But it's been a different story this season as Stajan's play has been so impressive that he is now on the top line with Jarome Iginla and Alex Tanguay. "I love Matty," Hartley said. "I think he's a great student of the game. He's a great hard-worker. And it seems that he wants more. I have absolutely no problem with this. I'm very happy with him. He's been unbelievable. He's been on pucks. He's forechecking. He's winning big faceoffs. He's a great penalty-killer. Five-on-five, I use him against the top forwards of the other team." Looks like Stajan is worth picking up in deeper pools as he has three goals, nine points and a plus-eight rating in 17 games.
Stajan picks up a pair in Flames win | 02/24/2013 8:46 AM
NewsMatt Stajan scored his second and third goals of the season in Calagary's 3-1 win over the WIld Saturday night.
ImpactThe 29 year-old forward hasn't been a legitimate fantasy force since he joined the Flames in 2009, however he was recently moved to centre Jarome Iginla and Alex Tanguay's line, which obviously payed off on Saturday night.
Stajan practices with Tanguay, Iginla | 02/23/2013 10:39 AM
NewsMatthew Stajan practiced alongside Alex Tanguay and Jarome Iginla on Friday.
ImpactWe've seen this before and it has yet to make Stajan worthy of a fantasy pickup. This development is interesting, but it wouldn't be surprising if the promotion is also extremely temporary. Either way, we can't recommend picking up Stajan over this news.
M. Stajan finds the back of the net Sunday | 02/18/2013 9:46 AM
NewsMatthew Stajan scored his first goal of 2013 in Calgary's 4-3 victory on Sunday.
ImpactStajan now has six points in 13 games. His stock has fallen significantly since the Calgary Flames acquired him in 2009-10 and we don't expect him to bounce back in any meaningful way this season.
Matthew Stajan picks up two assists | 02/01/2013 10:08 AM
NewsMatthew Stajan registered two assists on Thursday.
ImpactIt was Stajan's first two points in five games this season. He's currently getting some playing time with Jiri Hudler and Roman Cervenka and he might actually have a bit of fantasy value in that role. Most fantasy owners have long since soured on Stajan, but those looking for a short-term fix shouldn't be afraid to consider him.
Stajan views new season as fresh start | 01/10/2013 10:52 AM
NewsMatthew Stajan sees this upcoming season as a fresh start for him.
ImpactStajan needs one after scoring just eight goals and 18 points in 61 games last season. "The way things have gone haven't been exactly the way I thought it would go," Stajan said. But that's behind us. That's the past. A new coach comes in now, and everybody's got to gain his trust, play the system and fall into place where he sees you fit. As a player, I've always tried to do that and I'm eager to get going. We've got to get up to speed on systems and there's a lot to learn along the way, but I'm going to do what the coaches ask of me. I'm in good shape and ready to battle." Stajan is certainly worth keeping an eye on, but don't draft him in standard leagues. It's hard to envision him earning a top-six spot out of camp, but he might get an opportunity if someone else gets hurts or slumps early on.
|Goals||1||vs. Car||Oct 23||2|
|Assists||1||at Wpg||Oct 19||3|
|Points||1||2 times-last:vs. Car||last:Oct 23||4|
|Penalty Minutes||4||vs. Car||Oct 23||4|
|Plus/Minus||2||vs. Car||Oct 23||4|
|Power Play Goals||0||11 times-last:vs. Mtl||last:Oct 28||0|
|Power Play Points||0||11 times-last:vs. Mtl||last:Oct 28||1|
|Shorthanded Goals||0||11 times-last:vs. Mtl||last:Oct 28||1|
|Shorthanded Points||0||11 times-last:vs. Mtl||last:Oct 28||1|
|Shots||2||4 times-last:vs. Car||last:Oct 23||6|
|Games||82||3 times-last: 2009-10 (Tor/Cgy)|
|Penalty Minutes||54||2008-09 (Tor)|
|Plus/Minus||+7||2 times-last: 2012-13 (Cgy)|
|Power Play Goals||7||2009-10 (Tor/Cgy)|
|Shorthanded Goals||4||2005-06 (Tor)|
|Shots||132||2 times-last: 2009-10 (Tor/Cgy)|
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