Matt Stajan returns to Flames after death of son, thankful for support

By Brian Stubits | CBSSports.com

Matt Stajan has 23 points this season. (Getty Images)
Matt Stajan has 23 points this season. (Getty Images)

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After taking a couple weeks off following the death of his newborn son, Matt Stajan was back on the ice with the Calgary Flames on Monday.

Stajan has been out of action since March 1 for a very understandable reason as he and his wife Katie grieved over the loss of their son. But Stajan is apparently ready to get back to work and move past an awful moment in his and his wife's life.

Upon returning to the team, the Stajans had a brief statement to make, issued by the Flames.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for the incredible outpouring of love and support, during this very difficult time. All of you have touched our lives with your kindness and compassion, and we truly appreciate everyone's thoughts and prayers. Our son, Emerson, will forever be in all of our hearts. Thank you for taking the time to think of us, and grieve this unbearable loss with us. It means so much, and we are grateful for all of your support.

-- Katie and Matt Stajan

The Flames play their next game at home on Tuesday against the Buffalo Sabres. Based on the lines in practice -- Stajan was centering the third line -- as well as this from Sportsnet 960's Pat Steinberg, it looks as though Stajan will play.

In 52 games this season Stajan has 10 goals and 13 assists.

S/t PHT

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