Flames Acquire Stempniak for Langkow Pending Physical

The Calgary Flames have acquired Lee Stempniak from the Phoenix Coyotes, sending veteran forward Daymond Langkow to the desert.

This is the second time in the off-season that Flames GM Jay Feaster has requested that a veteran player waive a no-movement clause in order to free up cap space. Earlier, Feaster traded defenceman Robyn Regehr to the Buffalo Sabres.

Langkow, 34, will have to pass a physical for the deal to go through.

Langkow missed more than a year with a broken bone in his neck and fought back to return for the final four games of the Flames’ season last year, winning a nomination for the Bill Masterton Trophy in the process.

“It is never easy moving a player who battles and competes such as Daymond,” Feaster said. “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.”

The Flames now have some room to move under the cap, something Feaster has been angling for ever since he stepped into the post halfway through last season. The Flames currently have a touch over $60 million slated for the upcoming NHL season (that includes Stempniak’s $1.9 million hit).

Langkow is no stranger to the Coyotes’ organization, having played there for three seasons prior to his 2004 move to Calgary. He is friends with Shane Doan and should be a good addition to the locker room.

“I ended up watching all of his shifts from the last four games he played at the end of last season,” said ‘Yotes GM Don Maloney. “If you remember that St. Louis game, where he got cross-checked in the middle of the second period — that was probably a pretty good indication when he got back up that he would be fine. I look at Daymond and it sort of symbolizes what we’re all about here in Phoenix. There’s not a lot of flash and dash.”

In Stempniak, the Flames get a versatile player who can play either wing and create chances short-handed and on the man-advantage.

“(The trade) makes us younger and provides an opportunity to evaluate a player who may factor into our plans for the future,” said Feaster.

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