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As per multiple reports, the Calgary Flames have traded Daymond Langkow to the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for Lee Stempniak. Completion of the deal, as TSN’s Darren Dreger reports, hinges on Langkow passing a physical.

Langkow appeared in just four games with the Flames last season, he returned to the club in April after sitting out 88 games while recovering from a neck injury. Langkow, a former 5th overall pick (Tampa Bay, 1995), has one year left on his current contract at a $4.5 million cap hit. The Flames were just over $1 million shy of the salary cap ceiling with Langkow in tow, so this appears to be little more than a cost cutting maneuver by GM Jay Feaster. Stempniak represents a $1.9 million cap hit for next season, also the final year of his current contract.

Langkow now joins Robyn Regehr as another piece of former GM Darryl Sutter’s core to get shipped out of town this summer.

Assuming the physical is passed, this would mark the beginning of Langkow’s second tour with the Phoenix Coyotes. On August 26, 2004 the Coyotes traded Langkow to the Flames for Denis Gauthier and Oleg Saprykin.

More details to come…