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Daymond Langkow traded to Phoenix

Posted on: August 29, 2011 3:43 pm
Edited on: August 29, 2011 4:51 pm
By: Adam Gretz

After spending the past six seasons with the Calgary Flames veteran forward Daymond Langkow has been traded to the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for forward Lee Stempniak.

Here's what Flames general manager Jay Feaster had to say in a team-released statement: "It is never easy moving a player who battles and competes such as Daymond; however, because of our depth and options at centre ice, this trade presents us with an opportunity to positively impact the organization in a number of ways. It makes us younger and provides an opportunity to evaluate a player who may factor into our plans for the future, it provides (coach) Brent (Sutter) with options as Stempniak can play either wing and can be used on both the power play and the penalty kill and it creates healthy competition among the forward group for ice time."

Langkow, who will turn 35 later this month, is coming off a neck injury last season that limited him to just four games. He is signed through the end of this season at a cap hit of $4.5 million, making it a rather expensive -- financially speaking -- gamble. There's also the fact that Phoenix traded a younger, cheaper player that isn't coming off an injury that cost him nearly a full season.

Prior to last season Langkow's offensive production was in a pretty steep decline, going from 33 goals and 77 points during the 2006-07 season -- his peak season in the NHL -- all the way down to 14 goals and 37 assists in 2009-10 with a steady downward trend during the years in between.

Before the trade Calgary was up against the NHL's salary cap with over $63.2 million in salary (via CapGeek), so the move definitely helps clear some space.

In exchange for Langkow the Flames get the 27-year-old Stempniak who is coming off a 19-goal, 19-assist performance with the Coyotes last season. He's shown nice offensive ability throughout his career but has had some issues with consistency. He's in the last year of a contract that has a $1.9 million cap hit, so the deal saves Calgary $2.6 million in cap space.

Once Langkow joins the Coyotes he will instantly become the second-highest paid forward on the team, trailing only their captain Shane Doan, and the fourth-highest paid player overall, behind only Doan and defenseman Keith Yandle and Michal Rozsival. It will be Langkow's second stop with the Coyotes, having spent three years with the team between 2001 and 2004, scoring 68 goals in 243 games.

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Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 19, 2011 3:53 pm

Daymond Langkow traded to Phoenix

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Since: May 12, 2011
Posted on: August 31, 2011 11:35 pm

Daymond Langkow traded to Phoenix

Mike Smith is a good goalie, he will turn a lot of heads in pheonix. His biggest issue was getting on himself too hard after letting up a few goals, if he has found a way to work this out...You will see the Mike Smith you seen stepping in for the Lightning during the stanley cup playoffs letting up only 2 goals in 3 games. He has the capability of being a top 10 goalie, the yotes have good defense. The biggest issue this year for them, will be a lot like last year, scoring (and a lack their of)

Since: Dec 31, 2009
Posted on: August 31, 2011 5:37 pm

Daymond Langkow traded to Phoenix

As a Coyotes fan I am glad to have him back in the fold. It helps Calgary with cap space and they Get Stempniak who is a lunch pail grinder day in day out. Langkow is a great passer who knows how to make his line mates better. he is a solid presence in the locker room and gives Phoenix some decent depth. With Mike Smith (no offense) as our starting goalie, we are gonna need all the goals we can get. So if Langkow can chip in with a 20 goal 40 assist season all the better. The league approved the deal because they need a strong product here in the desert. If they stay or if they go after the season you still have to have something worth buying or keeping. Now if we could find a diamond in the rough goalie (which could be Smith) things could improve over losing to Detroit in the first round.

Since: Apr 7, 2011
Posted on: August 31, 2011 12:10 am

Daymond Langkow traded to Phoenix

with the NHL owning the Yotes it's very strange deal. What exactly is the reason for this deal on phoenix's end? Trade a 20 goal scorer in his prime (average player, but still in his prime), for a 35 year old washed up center? Langkow also makes 2.6 million more? This trade was approved? Other gm's should call for a investigation. It really makes no sense.

Since: May 22, 2011
Posted on: August 30, 2011 1:14 pm

Daymond Langkow traded to Phoenix

This is a strange deal for Phoenix. Stepniak is the better player. Financialy this does not make sense either. That's the problem with the Phoenix Coyotes as welll as the Phoenix Suns...Chronic Trading every Year and even during the season! Both teams are always making drastic changes every year.You can't get used to a certain line-up because of revolving players. Shane ADoan is the only constant. The Coyotes should take a cue from the Devils, who retain the team identity every year even with minimal changes....although this year may be more than usual for NJ.

Since: Aug 5, 2010
Posted on: August 30, 2011 1:32 am

Daymond Langkow traded to Phoenix

I went to St. Francis H.S. with Stempniak. Really nice guy. Hell of a player.  Here's wishing him the best with Calgary. 

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