Stajan locked up

The deal will pay Stajan $800,000 this season and $950,000 in 2007-08.

Stajan, who was Toronto’s last restricted free agent, tallied 15 goals and 12 assists in 80 games with the Maple Leafs last season. In 150 career NHL games he has totals of 30 goals and 25 assists.

The 22-year-old was drafted in the second round (57th overall) by the Maple Leafs in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.

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43 Responses to Stajan locked up

  1. thatleafsguy says:

    I bet he gets flipped in a package for Zherdev.

    Stajan, Bell and a 2nd round pick for Zherdev.

    Something like that.

  2. Marky2Fresh says:

    I think with decent playing time he could become the Leafs best all-around player.

  3. Gretzkin says:

    Mississauga Mats.

    Future Selke Trophy Winner.

    I’m no Leaf Fan, But I Loves my little Matty.

    I’d have paid him more for what he’s worth.

  4. gg_idiot says:

    Thats a pretty good price for a guy like Stajan. I don’t think JFJ can be criticized on this one.

  5. 92-93 says:

    a solid signing.

    and an expected one.

    and a no-brainer.

    Stajan is the kind of player who will evolve and can score but is very smart on the ice too. the fact that he is only 22 just amazes me.

    very understated style of play that seldom gets any credit or attention from some leaf fans, some of whom criticize him for not producing enough.

    i also think that any deal for Zherdev will necessarily include Stajan (among others of course).

    but its good Stajan is here for another 2 years. now, lets see him play down the middle all season long!

  6. leaflova says:

    i really liked jfj’s decision here, he got stajan at a good price for what he’s worth this guy is amazing on the pk.Stajan might also just be signed for trading material to free up the cap, but lets hope he isnt.

  7. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    Stajan is a future Selke winner and is going to have an excellent season learning from a former one. (Peca). I am glad he FINALLY got signed. But our forward group still looks like shit…

    O’neill-Sundin-Steen

    Tucker-Peca-Stajan

    Ponikarovsky-Wellwood-Battaglia

    Ondrus-Antropov-Kilger

    Pohl

    Am I missing someone? As that is, it’s….meh, alot of potential but it’s hard to see this team doing anything.

  8. Toonces99 says:

    Great young player who, for his age, understands defensive hockey extremely well, regretfully, he would have to be included in a trade for Zherdev (sp)…l could also see teams trying to pry Steen away…if so, for that kid, it would be a tough debate as Steen is much more defensively sound that Zherdev (sp),,,,

  9. magnifikko says:

    yeah and how u gonna pay his salary?

  10. the_word says:

    Great signing, in the tail end of the season Stajan looked pretty good in the abcense of Allison. With this signing the Leafs keep some youth for a change. Hopefully this trend will continue.

    As for packaging Stajan for Zherdev, I think the Leafs would be better off trading Steen straight up for Zherdev. Rather than a package deal with Stajan. I know this would result in a slight cap issue, but it can work itself out. But there is no rush for Zherdev, it probably best to see a few games first and then judge where the Leafs are at and then address their needs.

  11. icehog says:

    The Leafs may be silly enough to make that trade.

  12. Habroller says:

    That’s a good one, Steen straight for Zherdev…a very good one!

  13. gg_idiot says:

    I don’t know, Steen is alot cheaper, plus obviously not a hold out Queen.

  14. 92-93 says:

    no wonder it looks like shit.

    you included Battaglia and Ondrus, put Stajan on the right wing (and O’Neill on the left???).

    here are your lines:

    Poni-Sundin-O’Neill

    Tucker-Wellwood-Steen

    Williams-Peca-Antropov

    Kilger-Stajan-Pohl

    Stajan MUST be a centreman. we all saw what he can do there and how good he is there. to have Peca and Stajan down the middle is KEY to the leafs being harder to play against. The fourth line will chip in a few goals but will more importantly be the most solid fourth line the Leafs have seen in a long while.

    Poni and Sundin seem to play really well together. the big question is whether or not O’Neill can regain his 30-goal form and whether or not Maurice can get him to play more responsibly (especially considering he is playing on a line that is going to get loads of ice time).

    Combine the playmaker Wellwood with Tucker and the skills of Steen. this is a solid second line and an underrated one too (everyone hates Tucker and do not respect his offensive talents, Steen and Wellwood are just 2nd-year players).

    the third line is not the speed line but will definitely be on the plus side of plus/minus. I expect Williams to shine at camp and he would add a bit of speed and skill to Peca and Antropov.

  15. 92-93 says:

    yeah, i think the best thing to do right now is see how Steen evolves and where the Leafs are and what their needs are.

    i cringe everytime i hear Steen in trade rumours but for another young potential star with more offensive upside? it would be interesting to say the least.

    Steen is a better all around player in terms of his two-way play IMO, Zherdev is a potential 40-50 goal scorer so its a comparison between two different players who play the game very well.

    I would be more comfortable packaging Stajan with a younger defenseman (which we have so many of) and even a high round draft pick for Zherdev.

    but for now, i am happy that the leafs have all 3 of Steen, Stajan, and Wellwood, and potentially a solid rookie campaign from Williams (let us hope).

  16. 92-93 says:

    on a different topic, Maurice stated in the Star:

    “If we had had six or seven days before the exhibition season and we were looking to assess some players (we might scrimmage). If we’d had a big, big camp but we don’t. We just don’t have the time to waste. We have to get to work and start implementing our game and our systems,” Maurice said yesterday.”

    is that a complete 180 from last preseason or what? remember last year there were questions from even Quinn himself if the leafs were prepared enough for the regular season after a rather bloated and disorganized training camp?

    that isn’t going to happen under Maurice’s watch. get the system established right away, take the lumps in exhibition play, then by the regular season, everybody knows their role.

    sounds good to me.

  17. 92-93 says:

    Just an FYI for Leaf fans: a very good .pdf doc is available from the Star that sifts through all the issues and factoids about the leafs heading into training camp and this season (http://www.thestar.com/static/PDF/060914_leafs_back.pdf). I find it especially interesting that the oldest player is Sundin and the youngest is Tlusty at 18.

    GOALTENDING

    I think the goaltending situation will work out so that Aubin will back up Raycroft and Telly will back up Pogge with the Marlies. when a goaltender falls to injury at the NHL level, Telly will be given the call to be the Leafs’ back-up. However, as the season wears on, I can see the leafs dealing one of Aubin or Telly to free up cap space for the next season. Either way, Pogge is THE goaltender for the Marlies and he will get all the ice time. I guess this means that Racine and Ford will be in the ECHL (?).

    DEFENCE

    On defence its likely that White and Kronvall will be sent down regardless of what they do because they are the only two who can be sent down (waiver issues).

    This means that Coliacovo, Bell, Harrison, and Wozniewski will be the frontrunners for the 2 available defensive spots. I see Coliacovo and Harrison making the team (the latter has improved exponentially under Maurice). As the season continues, I think both White and Kronvall’s play with the Marlies and filling in for Leaf blueline injuries eventually making the signing of Gill look foolish (I am really hoping for the Leafs to trade Gill by the deadline). Also, I can see Maurice breaking up the McCabe-Kaberle duo at some point, but for now the D will probably look like:

    Leafs=========Marlies

    McCabe-Kaberle—White-Kronvall

    Kubina-Coliacovo–Wozniewski-D’Amour

    Gill-Harrison——–Oreskovic-Moro

    FORWARDS

    Poni-Sundin-O’Neill

    Tucker-Wellwood-Steen

    Williams-Peca-Antropov

    Kilger-Stajan-Pohl

    Battaglia, Westrum, Ondrus, and Suglobov will likely be the four guys who will be called up during the season to fill in for injuries (but is Suglobov not on a one-way contract?). With the Marlies, Earl and Tlusty will develop and show their skills and incredible speed to Button and Co. Tlusty will probably not go play for the Soo Greyhounds in the OHL. his talent and his experience playing in the Czech mens league last year means that he will probably be able to excel in the AHL this year.

    Stajan MUST be a centreman. we all saw what he can do there and how good he is there. to have Peca and Stajan down the middle is KEY to the leafs being harder to play against. The fourth line will chip in a few goals but will more importantly be the most solid fourth line the Leafs have seen in a long while.

    Poni and Sundin seem to play really well together. the big question is whether or not O’Neill can regain his 30-goal form and whether or not Maurice can get him to play more responsibly (especially considering he is playing on a line that is going to get loads of ice time).

    Combine the playmaker Wellwood with Tucker and the skills of Steen. this is a solid second line and an underrated one too (everyone hates Tucker and do not respect his offensive talents, Steen and Wellwood are just 2nd-year players).

    the third line is not the speed line but will definitely be on the plus side of plus/minus. I expect Williams to shine at camp and he would add a bit of speed and skill to Peca and Antropov.

  18. the_word says:

    IMO, this could be the oppertunity to capitalize on Steen’s hype (whether or not you agree with me about Steen, he still has to prove himself this year). This is the kinda of deal I had in mind before by suggesting Steen should be traded.

  19. the_word says:

    Is there a market for Zherdev right now? Not really, so Steen straight up for someone who is holding out is a realistic possibility

  20. wingedim says:

    GOD I hope not. Zherdev IS NOT the answer to the Leafs ‘sniper’ issue.

  21. wingedim says:

    Why is everyone suddenly on the Zherdev bandwagon? The kid has skills, yes, but he’d be a cancer in the dressing room. His head is too far up his ass right now to realize that he’s out to lunch with his demands. It’s been said before, but, even if you do trade for him, you still need to negotiate a contract with him. Do you really think that by being traded his demands would lessen? No they won’t. His agent has publicly stated that there is no comparable player in (or was) in the FA market. MacLean chose the players that were in or around his same ‘draft class’ and made his offers based on their signings. He did increase his offer at the end to 3yrs 6.6M and Zherdev’s camp countered with 3 years 9M? This for a kid who has yet to play a consistant season. Granted the potential is there, and so is the skill level, just not the heart.

  22. leaflova says:

    honestly i dont think i would want zherdev, i think he thinks he’s the next gretzky cuz he isnt worth what he wants and watch maybe in a few year he wont even be good anymore, so i hope the leaf DONT get him

  23. Habroller says:

    Don’t get me wrong, I like Steen and I see good (if not great!) things for him in the future. I see him as a Higgins-like type of player which, in my opininon, is more than positive.

    But saying there’s no market for Zherdev is amazingly false. Though he doesn’t have a Ovechkin-type of value, he is seen as an emerging offensive superstar, which Steen (and Higgins, so don’t call my arguement biased) is not! Many GM’s are salivating at the idea he’s available, so do not think Steen straight up is a realistic possibility.

    Anyway, why would you want to see Steen leave TO, he’s your future captain!

  24. Habroller says:

    Again, his hype won’t ever match Zherdev’s value.

  25. koolcracker says:

    If we could sign Zherdev without giving up Stajan or anyone, I say go for it. But no way I want to trade away our young guys or picks for some guy with an ego as big as Zherdevs. The Jackets rescued him from a european contract years ago so he could play in the NHL, then he just goes back when his contract is done? Stajan wouldn’t do that to us. No trade.

  26. goleafsgo16 says:

    I agree that we should try and get Zherdev, but we definetely shoudn’t trade Steen, in my opinion Steen has almost or just as much offensive potential as Zherdev, and he is also responsible in his own end.

    So giving up Steen would be pointless. I can see him becoming 40 goal scorer. And Stajan will not be packaged, that is why he was resigned, maybe if the terms were different I could see it happening, but not in this case. Here is what I think we should do to get Zherdev.

    Hal Gill, Nik Antropov, Ian White, 1st round pick

    The Jackets need defence, and Gill could suit there needs somewhat right now, and White is a really good prospect, and while they supossedley wanted a young forward, Antropov doesn’t quite fit as that but, would be better than no one. And the first rounder an excellent extra piece of the trade.

    And then we could have a line-up of:

    Steen – Sundin – Zherdev – Alot of goals!

    Stajan – Wellwood – O’neill

    Ponikarovsky – Peca – Tucker

    Kilger – Pohl – Williams

  27. the_word says:

    first of all, “That’s a good one, Steen straight for Zherdev…a very good one!” isn’t an argument, it’s barely a comment.

    Second, I don’t like Steen, I feel he is a slightly above average player, but nothing to get excited about, I see him as a career 2nd/3rd line player. He also struggles in his own end when playing wing (he has trouble making the 2nd pass out of the zone). What makes him special though is the hype that surronds him (especially generous IMO), the Leafs are in a position to sell that hype (many are pegging Steen as a 70 point per year type player). Based on that hype he is a realistic possibility to land Zherdev.

    Third, the fact that Steen is young and cheap with upside (I can’t deny Steen does have potential to get better, I just think it’s a long shot) makes him attractive to other GMs.

    Fourth, with most rosters in the league set I doubt many teams are in a position to go after Zherdev.

  28. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    just because no names jump off the page doesn’t mean its shit. Look at the blues. the Guerin Weight Tkachuk line looks awesome, but theres really not much else. The leafs hve 7 guys capable of scoring 20 goals. Also, the addition of kubina, and a whole season with coliacovo will bring lots of scoring from the back end. Teams wil have to defend the point, creating lots of opprituities down low (thus the reaon Tucker scored so much)

  29. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    Racine has not been resigned, he actually has UFA status.

    With injuries Pohl, Westrum, Williams, Ondrus, and Suglobov should get plenty of ice time.

  30. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    columbus wont pat zhederev 3.5 mil, why would he take 3.5 mil in Gill Antropov and white.

  31. gg_idiot says:

    That is ALOT of shit for one player… He’s not Rick Nash…

  32. 92-93 says:

    well, the ‘hype’ around Steen was/is justified and there is pretty much a consensus with him (with the exception of a few stubborn hold outs who like to be ‘different’ lets just say).

    Steen had 45 points in his first year and Zherdev had 54 points in his 2nd year. the former is more reliable in his own end while the latter is more explosive. hmmm…

    it would be good to see them both with the leafs.

  33. 92-93 says:

    Racine wasnt resigned?!

    that’s too bad. i’d rather have him than Ford that’s for sure.

  34. the_word says:

    Outside of Leafs nation nobody knows or cares about Steen, you’d be hard press to find a fan of any other team saying ‘I wish we had Steen’, but he’s a media favorite, he’s the ‘pick’ of alot of pretenious sports writers. Did he have a solid rookie campaign, yes he did, but still needs to bring his game to the next level. I hope I’m wrong about though.

  35. 24_cups_and_counting says:

    An autographed doug gilmour sweater, a broken wendel clark stick, ian white, and a 1st has about the same trade value as the crap u just mentioned.

  36. 92-93 says:

    actually, no, i have heard numerous times both there on HTR, hockeybuzz and other chat rooms and blogs from Ottawa, Edmonton, Boston fans etc.

    all of them saying they would love Steen.

  37. 92-93 says:

    Leafs signed RW Brent Aubin today …. who is only 20 years old.

    he finished 6th in the Q last year, with 57 goals and 117 points in 72 games.

    can someone give me some info on how he became available? Was he not drafted yet?

  38. 92-93 says:

    I’ve done some more research and he split last year with Rouyn-Noranda and Quebec. in Quebec he played on the same team as Radulov and Esposito but i dunno if he played on the same line.

    if he did, it raises a central concern with some of the Leafs recent prospect signings and picks.

    with guys like Westrum (O’Sullivan), Aubin (Esposito? Radulov?) and Kulemin (Overchkin), the leafs have signed players who have played beside other solid, bona fide or potential superstars.

    this may inflate their stats. however, the counterargument to that is that the leafs do not have a lot of depth in their organization, especially on the forward lines. therefore, such signings are very necessary since drafting good players only happens once a year and it takes awhile. so in the meantime, the leafs are smart to pick up, trade for, and draft guys that other teams might pass over.

    Aubin is a winger and is only 20, has speed and skill, precisely the kind of player that the Leafs need right now in their organization.

  39. mojo19 says:

    He could I see more out of Steen though. Both are defensively responsible, both have skills, but Steen is just more feisty.

  40. wingedim says:

    I read that realease too. It also goes on to say that he has been released back to the ‘Q’ to captain the Ramparts this year.

  41. wingedim says:

    The Bluejackets don’t really need that much help on the blueline as you think they do. While they do need more offensive minded players, they have a good group of ‘stay at home’ guys. Along with Klesla who is becoming a solid 2 way defenceman.

    MacLean won’t take Gill, nor Antropov for Zherdev. It would take AT LEAST Steen, a top prospect or two and a high pick to even contemplate.

  42. the_word says:

    That’s funny, because ever time I bash Steen outside of the Leafs forum, everyone agrees

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