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The "pointing to the heavens" thing after registering some sort of point in sports may be overdone, but Tomas Tatar (who lost his dad) and now Matt Stajan have gone about the procedure for the right reasons, as the Hockey News's Casey Ippolito ntoes:
It’s been a difficult time for Calgary Flames center Matt Stajan.
Following the death of his newborn son, Stajan took a personal leave to grieve with his wife, Katie. The Flames gave him the option to take the rest of the season off. After all, the Flames are basement dwellers, and Stajan’s future in Calgary was secured with a recent contract extension. But Stajan, loyal to the game he loves as he is to his family, rejoined the flames after a couple weeks. After an eight-game absence, he returned to the Flames lineup.
Saturday night against the Edmonton Oilers, Stajan found himself with a penalty shot. He walked in and made a slick move on Viktor Fasth, scoring on the backhand. In the moments that followed, Stajan’s teammates congratulated him, acknowledging a moment that was much bigger than the game.
via a release from the Calgary Flames...
We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for the incredible outpouring of love and support, during this very difficult time. All of you have touched our lives with your kindness and compassion, and we truly appreciate everyone's thoughts and prayers. Our son, Emerson, will forever be in all of our hearts. Thank you for taking the time to think of us, and grieve this unbearable loss with us. It means so much, and we are grateful for all of your support.
Katie and Matt Stajan
Backes received two for kneeing for this hit on Matt Stajan. Should it have been more?
The Flames have yet to update toe condition of Stajan.
The hockey guys of Hockey Central at Sportsnet debate the Staal hit on Stajan. Blindside hit or not?
Watch the hit here if you missed it earlier.
Also, Vicki Hall of Flames Insider turned to Twitter to take a small sampling of what some hockey people thought of the hit.
No penalty on the hit.
I should have a better quality video shortly.
update 10:27pm, replaced the original video with one of better quality.
from Vicki Hall of Flames Insider,
But the Flames lost centre Matt Stajan for an undetermined period of time with a shoulder injury.
“He hurt his shoulder,” said assistant general manager Jay Feaster. “He was examined here tonight. Obviously couldn’t come back. But we won’t know exactly the extent of it until he sees the doctors back in Calgary.”
Stajan suffered the injury near the Calgary bench in the first period when he was reaching for the puck.
“He’s going to miss some time,” Feaster said. “But we’ll wait until we see the doctors.”
Forward Matt Stajan has agreed to terms with Calgary Flames on four-year contract extension worth about $3.5 million per year.
He was scheduled to be unrestricted free agent on July 1.
No penalty on the hit.
added 10:39pm, better quality video of the hit is below…
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
Matt Stajan spent Sunday in a hospital with an eye injury and he will be lost to the Toronto Maple Leafs for at least a week as the result of a rowdy soccer game.
Stajan, the Leafs’ No. 1 centre, was hit on the eye with a soccer ball before the Leafs’ practice on Saturday during a warmup exercise common to NHL teams. Players gather in a circle and try to keep the ball in the air as long as possible by kicking or heading it. If a player allows the ball to hit the floor he is out of the game and the game ends when no players are left.
From Tim Wharnsby in the Globe & Mail,
The Toronto Maple Leafs will announce later today that they have signed young forward Matt Stajan to a two-year deal worth $3.5-million (all currency U.S.).
With Stajan under contract that means the Leafs have 24 players signed for the upcoming season for a $51.3-million payroll. The Leafs also are close to signing 28-year-old Swedish defenceman Jonas Frogren.
Update 6:17pm ET: An interview with Matt Stajan at Maple Leafs.com