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?