On the one-year anniversary of the day that changed his life, Matt Stajan opted to let the rest of the world debate whether the Trade was won by the Calgary Flames or the Toronto Maple Leafs.

To Stajan, the deal propelled him to the next stop on the sometimes bumpy road in the National Hockey League.

"Obviously, it's been a long year," Stajan said Monday from his perch in the visitors' locker-room at the Bridgestone Arena. "You go through a lot when you move and change scenery.

"But I'm very comfortable now with the way we've been playing in the last two weeks, and I'll just build on that. So it's gone by fast, but it's been a hectic year with a lot of ups and a lot of downs. "

He's right on both counts. The high point of the year had to come on March 1 when former general manager Darryl Sutter signed the former Toronto Maple Leaf to a four-year contract extension worth US $14 million.

The down point(s)? Well, there were too many too document through a stretch of 56 games where he scored only two goals.

"We'll put it behind us," Stajan said. "And move forward."

A year after the fact, there's no clear answer on which team won the trade that saw Dion Phaneuf, Fredrik Sjostrom and prospect Keith Aulie move to Toronto for Stajan, Niklas Hagman, Ian White and Jamal Mayers.

White (trade for Tom Kostopoulos and Anton Babchuk) and Mayers (free agent) are already gone. Phaneuf is captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Sjostrom is out of the lineup as a healthy scratch. Aulie is an American Hockey League all-star.

Are the Leafs any better since the trade? Not much, if at all.

The same can be said for the Flames.

"Obviously, things haven't gone as well as I would have hoped, for myself and with the team also," Hagman said. "A year has gone by fast."

In 50 games this season, Hagman has nine goals and 23 points.