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Stajan on leave of absence from Flames after son's death

Matt Stajan
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According to the Canadian Press on Sunday, Matt Stajan of the Calgary Flames will be taking an indefinite leave of absence following the death of his son Emmerson last week.

Emmerson Stajan died after childbirth on March 3. It is not known how long Stajan will be gone from the Flames. In 52 regular season games this season. Stajan has ten goals and 13 assists for 23 points. He is also a -14 with two game winning goals and a shorthanded goal.

Stajan signed a four year contract extension with the Flames earlier this season. He is set to make $3.625 million next season according to www.nhlnumbers.com. Stajan is in his fifth year with the Flames after being traded from the Toronto Maple Leafs in the Dion Phaneuf blockbuster on January 31, 2010.

The Flames are currently at 25-32-7 and are in 13th place in the Western Conference--15 points back of the Dallas Stars for a playoff spot. Calgary plays host to the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night. The Kings are red hot as they have won seven straight including a perfect 6-0 since the Olympic break.