Flames Trade Langkow for Lee Stempniak


TSN has just reported that the Calgary Flames have traded veteran centre, Daymond Langkow to the Phoenix Coyotes for 5th year Right Winger, Lee Stempniak. The deal is pending a physical examination to ensure that Langkow is no longer suffering any ill effects from the puck that hit him in the neck at the end of the 2009-2010 season.

Daymond was on my list of “need to trade guys”, not because I didn’t like or respect him, but because I feel that he is getting older and we could get more value out of $4.5M in cap hit. He’s been an amazing player for the Flames for the better part of 6 seasons, but it looks like his time in Calgary is coming to an end.

Lee Stempniak (wait for it… a former Toronto Maple Leaf) comes to the Flames after scoring 19 goals and adding 19 assists in the desert last season. Stempniak’s best season was in 2009-2010 where he notched 28 goals and added 20 assists.

The big difference in this trade? Out the door is Langkow’s $4.5M cap hit and replacing it is Stempniak’s $1.9M cap hit.

This story is still very new, but I’d like to know what you think about it?

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  • OldeBuffalo

    Stempniak’s deal freed up some cap space and that’s good.
    The Coyotes improved their team and got a good player that is nearing the end of his career.
    Stempniak is almost 29 years old and his history says he wasn’t worth $1.9 million in any place but Phoenix so don’t expect him to have a long and illustrious career as a Flame. He’ll be a utility player at best as a Flame and may even end up playing in Abbotsford during this season and will probably end up in Europe next year.

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