Colin Stuart on the move again
FELDY: Rochester's Colin Stuart has been traded again. After being dealt from Atlanta to Toronto on the opening day of the free-agent signing period (July 1), Stuart was shipped away from the Maple Leafs organization on Monday, but he's staying in Canada.
Stuart, 27, defenseman Anton Stralman and the Leafs' 7th round pick in 2012 were sent to Calgary in exchange for F Wayne Primeau and Calgary's 2nd round pick in 2011.
Here is the official announcement from the Flames' Web site.
An article in the Calgary Herald indicates that the deal was made in large part so the Flames could trim their payroll by shedding Primeau's $1.4 million salary this season, just a month after getting rid of Jim Vandermeer's $2.3 million hit this season. Vandermeer was traded to Phoenix in a draft-day deal.
Stuart was quoted in the Calgary Herald article as saying he is "surprised, to say the least."
"I don't think anyone expects to get traded, especially twice in the same month. ... I had been hearing more and more about (being in the Leafs' plans). Then, sure enough, I'm heading to Calgary."
Stuart's odds of landing a roster spot in Calgary are good. Helping his cause is that he's on a one-way contract, which means he gets his $500,000 salary whether he's playing in the NHL or with the Flames' AHL affiliate in Abbotsford, B.C.
"Obviously, there's no promises with any franchise," Stuart told the Calgary paper. "I'm going to show up with one goal in mind, and that's to stay in Calgary."
Here is the complete article from the Calgary Herald.
The Flames meet Boston just once this season, which would be a meeting of brothers, as Colin's brother Mark is a defenseman for the Bruins. That game is scheduled for Saturday, March 27, at Noon Central Time, at Boston.
If Stuart snags a roster spot with the Flames, that means he's playing in the same division as the Minnesota Wild, so his hometown fans can finally see him play close to home, in person. In a bit of a scheduling quirk, though, the Flames and Wild play just once before the calendar flips to 2010. Here are the scheduled meetings between Calgary and Minnesota this season:
(All times are Central):
Friday, Dec. 11, at Calgary (8 p.m.)
Wed., Jan. 6, at Minnesota (7 p.m.)
Wed., March 3, at Calgary (7 p.m.)
Sunday, March 7, at Minnesota (2 p.m.)
Sunday, March 21, at Minnesota (2 p.m.)
Thursday, April 8, at Calgary (6:30 p.m.)