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Flames forward Stajan takes leave from team after death of newborn son

Matt Stajan speaks to journalists at the ACC in Toronto Sunday, January 31, 2010.

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Calgary Flames forward Matt Stajan has taken a personal leave from the team following the death of his newborn son.

The Flames said in a release that Emmerson Stajan died on Monday following childbirth.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Katie and Matt at this difficult time," the Flames said in a statement. "We appreciate that everyone has and will continue to respect their privacy during this period."

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Stajan signed a four-year extension with the Flames earlier this year. He has 10 goals and 13 assists in 52 games this season.

The Flames said a private memorial service will be held in the coming days.

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