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Stastny doesn’t know if he’ll be back with Avs

Apr 30, 2014, 4:57 PM EDT

Paul Stastny AP

With Colorado facing elimination in Game 7 versus Minnesota, tonight could be the last night Paul Stastny dons an Avalanche jersey.

Sorry to be so blunt about it, Avs fans — we know you’re already a bit on edge — but it’s true.

Then again, it’s also true that Colorado could beat the Wild and Stastny could sign a long-term extension before he becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

“You don’t know. I don’t know, either,” the 28-year-old center said Tuesday, per the Denver Post. “Sometimes you think about it a little bit …”

It’s funny, it wasn’t too long ago that Stastny’s five-year, $33 million contract was cause for scorn in Colorado. Now Avs fans are worried he won’t sign another one.

What’s certain is that, if Stastny does decide to the free-agent market, there will be no shortage of suitors willing to pay him a lot of money. There simply isn’t another two-way center of his caliber potentially available. Especially not one under the age of 30.

Will the Avs have room to keep him? We only ask, because they already have forwards Gabriel Landeskog and Matt Duchene signed to long-term deals, while Ryan O’Reilly is a pending restricted free agent who could get a big deal for himself. And the blue line could use an upgrade. And somewhere down the line, you have to believe Nathan MacKinnon is going to get himself a whopper of a contract.

That said, head coach Patrick Roy is hopeful that Stastny won’t prove too rich for the blood of the budget-conscious Avs.

“We believe Paul wants to stay as an Avalanche next year and we think there’s a good chance he can sign with us,” Roy said, per the StarTribune. “How it happens, that will be up to [executive vice president] Joe [Sakic] and [Matt Keator, Stastny’s] agent to discuss. I think Paul has the Avs in his heart, he loves to be in this town and he loves these fans.”

  1. joey4id - Apr 30, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    He’d be a great fit in St. Louis. They are in need of a top center to compliment Backes.

    • pfhockey - Apr 30, 2014 at 5:19 PM

      That’s true. I’m wondering if Miller’s performance is going to play a huge factor in his next contract.

      • joey4id - Apr 30, 2014 at 5:34 PM

        idk, GM Armstrong is questioning whether or not they have the right elements on the offense. I don’t think their issue was between the pipes. That’s why adding a top notch center makes sense. Miller may want to get closer to LA for obvious reasons.

    • numbr4stuna - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:22 PM

      Don’t forget too that he’s a St Louis kid. Maybe that would make the Blues a preferred destination for him.

  2. withseidelinn - Apr 30, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    Come to Toronto…..

  3. imnotyourbuddyguy - Apr 30, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    Hope he signs with the Nordique

  4. welch3319 - Apr 30, 2014 at 5:47 PM

    Wait till the summer to post this crsp. WHAT IS UP with this media and the hating on colorado.

    • alfredosauce19 - Apr 30, 2014 at 6:20 PM

      too much ammo

    • mp1131211 - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:56 PM

      Maybe because you’ve gone from bottom feeders to first place in one of the toughest divisions. Time wears away distrust. Right now, no one trusts that you guys are the real deal.

      Also, the Avs are about to get wrecked by the Wild. GO WILD!

  5. nicofthenorthstar - Apr 30, 2014 at 6:04 PM

    “We believe Paul wants to stay as an Avalanche”
    I was going to make a snarky comment about how awkward that sounds, buuuut my team in called “Wild”. So anyway…

  6. alfredosauce19 - Apr 30, 2014 at 6:19 PM


  7. drdoomkaiser - Apr 30, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    I’m sure wherever you go Paul the avalanche will always be appreciative for your time with us

  8. vstar1us - Apr 30, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    The Wild should take him!

    • mp1131211 - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:56 PM

      Yep. Forget Vanek…. get this guy!

  9. mackattack29 - Apr 30, 2014 at 6:49 PM

    He’ll be signing with colorado. The media just overhypes this stuff so much. He’s said it a multitude of times that he wants to stay and even take a discount. The avs have said many times they want to keep him.

  10. 19to77 - Apr 30, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    The Avs have long-term cap management to consider and between Statsny and O’Reilly, the latter’s more important to the team overall. Plus, at the rate MacKinnon and Duchene are developing, you have to wonder where he’d even fit long-term. He’s a great player, but we DO have three other top-flight centres. Last thing the Avs want is to be paying him $6m+ to centre their third line because the kids have surpassed him – and they already have.

    Between that and the fact that inevitably some big-money team with a gaping hole at centre (Toronto, NYR if they buy out Richards) will throw more money at him than he’s really worth, it seems fairly likely he’ll be somewhere else next year. The neutrality of his own comments certainly isn’t encouraging.

    • jernster21 - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:53 PM

      Well look at his playoffs so far – he’s value definitely isn’t going down. Otherwise I agree fully with what you said. I hope we can come to an agreement on numbers to keep him, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he moves on either because he’d be turning down a lot of money. He does love Denver and has been around a long time, so if he really wants to stay, he’ll stay.

      • 19to77 - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:26 PM

        I know. I’m really unsure how to react to his postseason. On the one hand, as an Avs fan, I love the weight he’s carried for us in these playoffs. He’s been an all-zone force, shift in, shift out.

        On the other, I worry that fun times with small sample sizes will draw us into a lengthy, overpriced deal for a player whose role in the roster is inevitably going to be challenged by the youth movement anyway. If they pay him for the last six games, I fear it will just lead to a buyout down the road. If he’s willing to settle for less to stick in Denver, fantastic. I’d be ecstatic to hear that news. But if he’s playing the market… well, hard call though it is, I’d rather let someone else drop the big bucks. Like I said, we’ve got three other top-six centres as is. He may well soon be struggling for ice time in Colorado. Can’t throw money at a guy without being certain he’ll be a big part of the team going forward… and honestly, is anyone confident enough to assure that he will?

    • cnconner - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:28 PM

      If we could sign him to a contract with 2nd line pay, it would be perfect. O’Reilly has moved to LW and prefers it. And the whole playoffs Stastny has played 1st line. 6.5 mil a year is no doubt too much. But if the Avs could get him for 4 or even 4.5, it would be a steal

  11. zacmelvinmcnutt - Apr 30, 2014 at 7:21 PM

    All I have to say is that if the Avs lose Stats to free agency after making no moves at the deadline, then they better make some serious moves to upgrade our defence over the summer. Seriously!!! This will free up more then enough cap space to go after a d-man or two

  12. peopletrains - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    He’d be a nice replacement for Heatley. The Wild will probably spend all their money on Vanek though.

  13. rgledz - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    “He’s a St. Louis kid”??? That’s a stretch. He was born in Quebec. He didn’t even graduate high school in St. Louis, he lived there for like 6 years…not really a St. Louis kid.

  14. vbcaps - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:09 PM

    Dump mike green and his flower tattoo on his hand (no guy should have a flower tattoo) and sign in WASHINGTON

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