Matt Stajan has signed a two-year deal to remain a Toronto Maple Leaf.
Stajan, a Mississauga boy, hasn’t played for any other NHL team and recorded one of his best statistical seasons last year with a career-high 16 goals.
Mapleleafs.com's Mike Ulmer caught up with the 24-year-old winger after his workout. Matt’s workout, not Mike’s.Mike Ulmer
: Matt, what was your Welcome to the NHL Moment?Matt Stajan
: I think scoring your first goal. Mine was against Ottawa. Also, getting a taste of playing in the playoffs is a close second.Mike Ulmer
: You were a minus-11 last year. A lot of players don’t put a lot of stock in plus-minus, but how concerned were you about what was the first minus season of your career?Matt Stajan
: I think that stat sways both ways. Sometimes you are on the ice and it’s not your fault and sometimes you get a plus and you’re not involved. For sure, I wasn’t happy with the way I slid during the year. Mike Ulmer
: How much do you know about Ron Wilson?Matt Stajan
: Not much. I’m looking forward to meeting him. I’ve heard his rant when he snapped on that TSN commentator. That’s as much as I know about him.Mike Ulmer
: Who is your favourite linemate, all time?Matt Stajan
: I love playing with Alex Steen on our current team. Through the years, I really jelled with Owen Nolan on the ice. Joe Nieuwendyk was terrific.Mike Ulmer:
Who is the toughest guy to score on in practice?Matt Stajan
: Ed Belfour. He didn’t like it, for sure.Mike Ulmer
: What did you think the first time you met Tie Domi.Matt Stajan
: I like Tie. The first time you meet him, you’re a little bit intimidated. He welcomed me to the team with open arms. Tie was one of those great veterans but the first time you don’t know what to expect.Mike Ulmer
: You lived at home as a Leaf rookie. Did sleeping at night under the posters of those great players and then having to play them make it hard to face opposing players?Matt Stajan
: I wouldn’t change it. The reason I lived at home was I didn’t know if I would be up all year. I could have stayed at a hotel, but the team didn’t tell me to find a place until after the trade deadline. I’m not going to get some place when I can stay at home in the comfort of living with my family. It made it easier for me to have the support all around me.Mike Ulmer
: Are you going to spend all your contract money in one place?Matt Stajan
: No. I’m pretty conservative that way.