Stajan not outstanding, but OK, says Sutter
Of players needing make an impression this camp, Matt Stajan may have topped that list.
Pressed for comment about the unachieving centreman — who had a couple of nice moments in pre-season games — Flames coach Brent Sutter offered a lukewarm appraisal.
“He’s got to continue to get better,” Sutter said of the 27-year-old who represents a $3.5 million cap bite. “He had an OK camp, OK exhibition (games). Staje has been fine.”
Fine. But good enough to be one of the Flames’ opening-day centremen?
Holding down those four spots are Brendan Morrison, Olli Jokinen, Mikael Backlund, and, in Sutter’s mind, Roman Horak, who’s only 20 years old.
“So Staje has to push to get in that mix,” said Sutter, “and that’s where it’s at. He’s had a decent camp. It hasn’t been outstanding, but he’s played OK.”
Later in the discussion, with Niklas Hagman also on his mind, Sutter said: “I haven’t been disappointed in either one of their camps. Yet, was Roman Horak in the mix at the start of camp? All of a sudden, he’s there. And that has impact on what decisions we may make.”