Veteran of 1000+ NHL games signs in Europe

Hard to believe there were no takers in free agency.

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According to a report from NHL insider Chris Johnston of Sportsnet, veteran forward Matt Stajan’s NHL playing days are over. Stajan evidently could not find an NHL team interested in his services this offseason and so, as a result, he has elected to take his career over to Europe. The 34 year old has signed a new deal with EHC Red Bull München of the German DEL.

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Matt Stajan has signed with the Munich Red Bulls in Germany.

Stajan’s four year, $12.5 million contract with the Calgary Flames expired on June 30th and, while there was some talk that he might earn a professional tryout (PTO) contract ahead of NHL training camps, the offers never materialized. It’s presumed that Stajan has an out-clause in his deal with München to return to the NHL, but such a development seems unlikely at this point of his career. 

If this is indeed the end of Stajan’s NHL career, he’ll go down in history as a solid two-way player who always brought his full effort each and every night. Never a flashy player, Stajan was a reliable, defensive forward who could play a top six role in a pinch. In short, he was a versatile player… the type of guy who coaches absolutely love.

Originally drafted in the 2nd round (57th overall) of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft by his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs, Stajan was traded to the Flames as part of a package deal for defenseman Dion Phaneuf. Stajan would go on to play nine season with the Flames, but he’d never quite live up to the expectations the team’s fans placed on him. The season he joined the Flames Stajan managed to put up a solid 18 goals and 57 points split between the two teams. But, he’d barely crest 30 points during a single season for the rest of his career. Again, if this is indeed the end for Stajan in the NHL, he’ll finish his career with 146 goals and 413 points in 1003 career games. Interestingly enough, Stajan’s playoff totals are almost non-existent. Over the course of his 15 year NHL career, Stajan has played in just 17 playoff games. Ouch.