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Matt Stajan: The Only Remaining Piece From The Phaneuf Trade

A closer look at the only player left on the Flames roster from the Dion Phaneuf trade.

Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Stajan
Centre
#18
6'-1" 195lbs.
Shoots Left
Born December 19, 1983 in Mississauga, Ontario
Drafted 57th Overall in the 2nd Round by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft
Traded to the Flames by the Leafs in 2010

(Stats from the Flames website)

In his last 5 games Stajan had 3 assists and a plus/minus rating of +4 averaging about thirteen minutes of ice time.

This season Matt played in 80 games and finished the season with 6 goals and 11 assists for 17 points according to the Flames website.

Stajan was traded on January 31, 2010 along with Niklas Hagman, Jamal Mayers and Ian White from the Maple Leafs in exchange for Keith Aulie, Fredrik Sjostrom and of course Dion Phaneuf. Stajan is the Flames only asset left from that trade.

Matt Stajan's play has been streaky since being traded to the Flames and he hasn't played a full season with the club either.

But Matt's value extends beyond the rink as Pat Steinberg explains in a 660News story by Sandra Prusina. He is a spokesman for the Alberta Children's Hospital and supporter of Ronald McDonald House. Stajan along with his wife Katie also raise money for the neonatal intensive care unit at the Foothills Hospital.

Perhaps Matt and Katie's commitment and generosity come from the loss of their newborn son Emerson on March 3, 2014. A Toronto Star article by Mark Zwolinski says Matt credits his "second family" that got him through the rough time.

"When you play hockey, there's all these guys who you play with and it's like your second family. Coming here with these guys, it's been good for me."

The Stajans received a ton of support from Family, friends, teammates, the Flames organization and even Gary Bettman.

Just three weeks later, Stajan scored a goal against the Edmonton Oilers on March 22. Stajan collected the puck to keep as a reminder.

"You gotta move on but you'll remember, and it's never easy, it won't be easy next year, and 10 years from now it won't be easy. In life, you take whatever is thrown at you and you move on. It's something we're figuring out as a family."

Stajan and Phaneuf are the only players actively playing in the NHL among that trade. Sjostrom and Mayers are retired, Aulie and Hagman play in Europe, and Ian White is an unrestricted free agent looking for a team to pick him up.