Flames add another former Leaf for Langkow
Flames have traded Daymond Langkow to the Phoenix Coyotes for Lee Stempniak.
Langkow a long time Flame has been a character guy who in my opinion was an important piece to the leadership group. Daymond missed most of last year due that scary injury he had suffered in a game with Nashville the year previous. Although Feaster says he was not shopping Langkow; due to the play of Morrison last year, Langkow became expendable. Add in the fact that Jim Playfair; now the assistant coach of Phoenix loves Langkow, this deal was possible.
The Flames acquire Lee Stempniak, a 28 year old American who scored a career high 28 goals in the ’09-’10 campaign. Stempniak scored 19 last year in Phoenix and added 19 assists for a plus four rating. This deal also saves the Flames 2.6 million in cap money which the Flames have not had much of in the past few years.
Keep in mind Jay Feaster said he wanted to add a top 6 forward if he could without giving up the future. I guess this is that deal, Stempniak can score and has scored in the past but just like Glencross his goals come in bunches. Stempniak feels his best days are still ahead of him and I hope he is right; he could be a nice addition if he can score 25 again.
Although I felt that Langkow was going to be an important player for the Flames this year, this deal makes a lot of sense. We got younger, saved some money and hopefully added some offensive output. Lee also has shown that he is a very durable and disciplined player, only tallying 19 penalty minutes in all 82 games last year.