DENVER, CO -- A day after absorbing a ferocious hit from Minnesota Wild forward Charlie Coyle, Matt Stajan is still feeling the effects of the check but thankfully avoided serious injury on the play.
"A little sore today," he said after the Flames hour-long skate in Denver. "My jaw is a little sore and my neck but luckily no headache and I passed all of the concussion protocol at the end of the second (period) and after the game."
Given how hard he was hit, Stajan he could have easily sustained a concussion but he was able to return to the game in third period and woke up today with a clear head. Given his experience with concussions in the past, he's very appreciative that he isn't going through that again.
"Any time you take a blow to the head like that, it dazes you. No doubt about it. But I felt good enough to keep going. I feel good today. I've had concussions in the past. I'm thankful that I'm feeling good today and that I can continue to keep contributing to this team and being a big part of it."
Stajan has been lauded by head coach Bob Hartley as the team's most consistent forward in the 2013 season and while there is never a good time to be injured, the club would definitely miss the 29 year-old if he was sidelined from the hit.
"He's our complete player right now," Hartley said. "What he brings to our team ... he plays with passion, plays hard, he makes great plays, makes great reads. Matt Stajan is very important to our team."
The centre has three goals and nine points to his name through 18 games. Stajan also leads the team with a plus-seven rating
Coyle received a five-minute major penalty for the hit.