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NHL news: Flames trade Langkow for Stempniak, Ryder drops the Cup

By Tyler Hunt     Aug 31, 2011 in Sports
In recent NHL news, the Calgary Flames traded Daymond Langkow to the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for Lee Stempniak, while Bruins' forward Michael Ryder celebrated his day with the Stanley Cup after it fell to the ground.
The Calgary Flames cleared up some much needed cap space on Monday, trading veteran centre Daymond Langkow to the Coyotes for Lee Stempniak.
Langkow, 34, had to waive his no-trade clause and the deal is conditional on him passing a physical in Phoenix. Langkow suited up in just four games last year for the Flames after recovering from a broken bone in his neck, and was nominated for the Bill Masterson Memorial Trophy for his perseverance.
The younger Stempniak, 28, finds himself being traded for the third time in the last two years, after being acquired from the Toronto Maple Leafs in March of 2010. Stempniak had 19 goals and 38 points and played in all 82 games last year for Phoenix, but has seen inconsistent numbers after putting up a career high 52-points in 2006-07 with the St. Louis Blues.
Langkow is slated to earn $4.5 million this season compared to Stempniak's $1.9 million salary, which allows Flames general manager Jay Feaster more flexibility with $60 million already committed to the upcoming year.
"It is never easy moving a player who battles and competes such as Daymond," Feaster said in a statement. "However, because of our depth and options at centre ice, this trade presents us with an opportunity to positively impact the organization in a number of ways."
"If you don't have the (cap) space, you're not even a participant, you're not a player," he told Flames TV. "For us now to have the space we have more options and more flexibility."
Celebrating with a bang
Boston Bruins forward and recent Stanley Cup champion Michael Ryder had his day with the Cup Tuesday, gathering friends and family in St. John's, Newfoundland to pose for a photo op. As the Stanley Cup was placed onto a table, one of the legs gave way and hockey's Holy Grail hit the ground, much to the horror of onlookers.
Ryder and others around laughed off the incident, remarking that it was "the first ding of the day", as the fall caused a large dent in the Cup of the trophy.
It wasn't the first time the Stanley Cup has been damaged or mistreated:
In 1905, some Ottawa Silver Seven players decided to try and punt the cup over the Rideau Canal on the Ottawa River. The trophy was found the following day on the ice.
In 1924, the Cup was left at the side of the road after members of the Montreal Canadiens got out to change a flat tire. They were on their way to the team owner's house for a victory party, only to show up and realize they had left the trophy at the side of the road. They returned to find it untouched, a mile and a half from the owner's house.
New York City, 1940. After the New York Rangers won the cup, Hall of Famer Lynn Patrick and teammates celebrated by urinating in it.
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