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Roy likes Stastny, but Avs aren’t talking contract extension

Oct 25, 2013, 10:46 AM EDT

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Lost in the excitement of Colorado’s red-hot start is the status of its highest-paid player, Paul Stastny.

Stastny, 27, is in the final year of a five-year, $33 million deal with a $6.6 million average annual cap hit. He’s playing well — five points in nine games, 18:24 TOI per night — and has a big fan in head coach Patrick Roy, but hasn’t been approached about re-signing with the Avs, according to agent Matt Keator.

“Whether it’s in the back of my mind or not, it’s something you can’t really worry about,” Stastny told the Denver Post. “It’s out of your control. If you’re part of the solution, then you are. If you’re not, you’re not.

“I’m just having fun with this team right now and doing anything I can to help it win.”

The hangup with Stastny is Colorado’s outstanding depth at center, and the relative youth of said depth. Matt Duchene (23 years old), Ryan O’Reilly (22) and Nathan MacKinnon (18) all play in the middle and figure to be with the organization for a long time — Duchene’s signed through 2019, MacKinnon’s on an entry-level deal ’til 2016 while O’Reilly is a RFA at the end of this season.

Where Stastny fits in that picture remains to be seen, assuming he fits at all. There’s a good chance he could play as a top-two center in a variety of other cities, a tantalizing reason to hit the UFA market this summer.

For now, though, Roy is focused on the present and the “beautiful problem” his glut of centers presents.

“I’d rather deal with this than having no centers,” Roy explained. “Honestly, it hasn’t been a problem so far. Everybody is having their share of ice time. We’re very lucky. You look at all the teams at the top of the standings, they all have three very good centers and four good lines.

“When you build a team, you want to build it (up) the middle.”

  1. polegojim - Oct 25, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    I like Stastny and he’s a good player… but facts are, he’s definitely NOT a ‘highest paid player’ type.

    He’s maybe a top 5 player… and Roy KNOWS it.

    At -7, -8, -7 the last three seasons, those who have watched him play REGULARLY realize he has been overpaid for what he and his lines… and the entire Avs org… have delivered. Getting that kind of money for those results are gone with Roy and Sakic in charge, just like Brunner’s demands.

    Want a ‘top paid’ salary???… then put up TOP PAID results. Stastny is rightly having to PROVE what he should be earning. Every Av on the ice is doing the same thing… all credit to Sakic and Roy.

  2. pxland - Oct 25, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    tradehimtradehimtradehimtradehimtradehim please.

    • elvispocomo - Oct 25, 2013 at 12:21 PM

      The Canucks have some extra cap in Booth they’d love to move, would you be interested in a trade but keeping 25% of Stastny’s remaining contract? The Canucks would likely have to add something (Alexandre Grenier’s ripping up the AHL right now, interested?), but I think that could be worked out.

      • pxland - Oct 25, 2013 at 12:24 PM

        Hmmmm…. your under-performing, injured, healthy scratch for a top two center and we retain some of his salary?

        Where do I sign up?!?!?!

        Sorry. I think we need a defenseman.

      • elvispocomo - Oct 25, 2013 at 12:38 PM

        :) It was worth a try.

        But we have defencemen too you know…

  3. storosten - Oct 25, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    trade him to Edmonton for yakupov

    • pxland - Oct 25, 2013 at 12:57 PM

      That’s interesting. Could you imagine Yakupov with MacKinnon or Duchene for years to come?

      I’d be a little gun shy though, due to the whole “lazy russian player” tag he’s gotten.

    • helloname01 - Oct 25, 2013 at 11:57 PM

      Hilarious. Can’t wait til we legalize here in MN like you guys have.

      “Dude, I’ll trade you Stastny and McCleod for Crosby and Malkin. That would be totally dank man”

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