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Roy says trading Stastny unlikely

Jun 26, 2013, 1:14 PM EDT

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If the Colorado Avalanche are true to their word and select Nathan MacKinnon first overall in Sunday’s NHL draft, it will give them four top-six centers, with the other three being Matt Duchene, Ryan O’Reilly, and Paul Stastny.

Not that having too many talented centers is the worst problem in the world, but it’s no surprise that people are starting to talk about Stastny, a 27-year-old who’s seen his production fall in recent seasons and has just one year remaining on a big contract ($6.6 million cap hit) before he can become an unrestricted free agent.

However, according to incoming Avs head coach Patrick Roy, there are no immediate plans to trade Stastny. Instead, the plan right now is to have MacKinnon as the third-line center, with O’Reilly moving to the wing.

“I’d be very surprised if we move Paul,” Roy told ESPN recently. “Paul is a guy that is very happy in Denver. Paul is a team guy. I’m looking more to sit down with Ryan and see if he’ll accept to play on the left [wing] with Matt.”

Of course, all that would change Sunday if the Avs 1) trade the first overall pick or 2) are bluffing and take defenseman Seth Jones first overall.

Don’t entirely count out a Stastny trade either. On Sunday, the Denver Post’s Adrian Dater floated a potential Dion Phaneuf-for-Stastny swap, though Dater added he wasn’t aware of any talks between the Avs and Leafs.

  1. jacketsfan7 - Jun 26, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    I wouldn’t mind Paul in Toronto and phaneuf in Colorado

  2. govtminion - Jun 26, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    Wait, Phaneuf for Stastny?

    Talk about a deal nobody wins…

  3. hockeyflow33 - Jun 26, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    Bruins have a glut of centerman and it has worked out fairly well for them.

  4. valoisvipers - Jun 26, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    Why is Roy talking about who will or won’t be traded, he was hired by the GM Super Joe Sakic to coach the team and not talk about what they should do about trades or at the draft. Seems to me he is over stepping his boundaries too often and Joe better quickly put a muzzle on Roy.

    • tibas85 - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:18 PM

      Roy is the Head Coach/Vice President of Hockey Operations.. he can talk about what they should do about trades or at the draft…. and Sakic is the Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations… made the final decision.

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:20 PM

      valoisvipers, Roy accepted to coaching job as long as he had some pull in player movement.
      This from PHT’s article. “Roy has been named head coach and vice president of hockey operations for the Avalanche”

      Nothing is simple with Saint P. You know that….. His life is filled with controversy.

      • tibas85 - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:24 PM

        ya well the team cant be worst then the last couple years … they need a clean up

    • jrhtarkus - Jun 27, 2013 at 3:19 PM

      He’s Vice President in charge of Hockey Operations!! That’s exactly what he’s supposed to be talking about!!!

  5. esracerx46 - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    Nice reporting there Dater. I mean speculation. I thought reporters were suppose to report the facts they have found, not speculate on what might make sense in your head based on a whim. As for Roy over stepping his bounds as coach….he’s not just the coach. He also has the title of Vice President of Hockey operations.. so I have no issue with his stastny comments.

    • tibas85 - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:28 PM

      I have no issue my self

  6. timmylaz99 - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    Good luck to Colorado! Usually you have to be in Calgary or Edmonton to have this inept of a front office. I’m sure you’ll have fun with your 5 years worth of lotto picks as Roy drives the team into the ground.

    • tru2joelu4eva - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:14 AM

      i gave you a thumbs down for trolling, but i’m afraid that i have to agree with you. born and raised in colorado, think hiring roy as the head coach was a terrible decision, especially given all the coaches that were available!

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