Flames trade Daymond Langkow for Lee Stempniak

29 Aug

Wait… WHAT?!?

Langkow (IF he’s healthy – which he must be or this trade won’t be allowed) will consistently give you 25 goals a season. Stempniak on the other hand will probably give you 15. Looking at this trade at first glance you kind of wonder why the Flames would give up a roster spot to lose 10 goals. So why Jay, why?

It isn’t grit – because Langkow has it and Stempniak does not. Heck Tanguay had more PIMs than Stempniak last year.

Maybe it’s because at 28, Stempniak is a full six years younger than Langkow is. So that means Langkow has a year or two left, while Stempniak has 5-6. Still, I don’t know if giving up healthy Langkow is the way to go – especially when you could bring in a young 10 goal scorer instead of an aging 15-goal guy.

Maybe the Flames felt solid at centre, trading for a right-winger in Stempniak. I mean come on… what with Olli Jokinen, Brendan Morrison, Matt Stajan and Mikael Backlund. AW CRAP!

Money perhaps? Langkow makes $4.5 million/season, Stempniak is $1.9 million. Both are unrestricted free agents next summer. Okay, maybe it’s to clear up some money to sign someone hotter?

Let’s see what Feaster has to say…

“It is never easy moving a player who battles and competes such as Daymond; however, because of our depth and options at centre ice, this trade presents us with an opportunity to positively impact the organization in a number of ways,” said Flames General Manager Jay Feaster. “It makes us younger and provides an opportunity to evaluate a player who may factor into our plans for the future, it provides Brent with options as Stempniak can play either wing and can be used on both the power play and the penalty kill and it creates healthy competition among the forward group for ice time.”

There you have it, depth at centre. Liar.

I’m pretty sure Feaster was misquoted here, I think what is said was that the Flames were “in deep” when it comes to centres. 

From the Sun…

Jay Feaster cited the Flames depth where it matters most as one of the reasons he sent center Daymond Langkow to the Coyotes for winger Lee Stempniak. The Flames are going to see if Mikael Backlund can center the top line with Jarome Iginla and Alex Tanguay. The Flames also have Brendan Morrison, Olli Jokinen and Matt Stajan down the middle. Langkow carries a $4.5 million cap hit this year, Stempniak carries a $1.9 million hit. Niklas Hagman’s time as a Flame could be running short and he may find himself making $3 million in the AHL.

No alarms and no surprises… but does Mikael Backlund’s 10 goals make him a first-line guy? If he were in Pittsburgh, that would put him as the number 7 guy… a fourth-liner in their AHL affiliate.

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