A report out of the land of Maple Leafs and Argonauts might present the New York Rangers with an option for their third line center.

Paul Hunter of the Toronto Star wrote that the Toronto Maple Leafs’ interest in Michael Peca might depend on their ability to find room against their tight salary cap. Hunter writes that one player who might be on the block is Matt Stajan. Moving the 23-year-old center would add an additional $875,000 to their approximate current salary cap space of $2.5 million.

Stajan, originally Toronto’s second round draft pick (57th overall) in 2002 was one of the names mentioned in talks when the Rangers and Leafs were discussing the Brian Leetch deal that eventually saw Jarkko Immonen and Maxim Kondratiev come to New York.

The 6-foot-1 and 180 pound Stajan will turn 24 in December and is a veteran of thee NHL seasons. In 232 career NHL games, Stajan scored 40 goals and added 54 assists with 116 PIM. Last season, he appeared in 82 games and scored 10 goals with a career-high 29 assists and 44 PIM. Stajan has never been a minus player during his years in the OHL, AHL or NHL.

Stajan can play either wing and his game is based on his hockey smarts which make him a good two-way player. While he does have untapped offensive potential, his strength lies in his ability has a playmaker rather than as a scorer. The Mississauga, Ontario native has good size, but he still has some room to grow physically and become a more physical player. Stajan has the ability to be a solid two-way player.

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