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Stastny’s agent says ‘nothing imminent’ on new deal with Avs

May 26, 2014, 11:33 AM EDT

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One of the big potential free agent prizes of the summer doesn’t appear close to re-upping with his current club.

Paul Stastny, the U.S. Olympian that scored 60 points in 71 games for Colorado this season, has “nothing imminent” regarding a new deal with the Avs, agent Matt Keator told the Denver Post.

“I talked to Keator, and he said nothing is ‘imminent’ yet on this signing,” the Post’s Adrian Dater explained on his Hockey Talk podcast. “I think the Avalanche are interested in re-signing him, but I think it’s really touchy right now.”

Stastny, 28, just wrapped the last of a five-year, $33 million deal that carried a $6.6 million cap hit. He’s spent his entire seven-year career in Colorado and has been a pretty productive player — 458 points in 538 games, including a career-high 79 points during the 2009-10 campaign — and has twice represented the U.S. at the Olympics, including the silver medal-winning side at the ’10 Games in Vancouver.

On most teams, Stastny’s a top two center — but the Avs have an abundance of young talent able to play the middle, most notably in Matt Duchene, Ryan O’Reilly and Nathan MacKinnon. The latter two have been moved to the wing on a number of occasion to balance things out (the Avs also have a pretty solid 3rd-line center in John Mitchell) but could easily make the move back to the middle, especially if Colorado wants to target some wingers in free agency — rather than spend big on Stastny.

And big is the key word there. Stastny’s made quite a bit or money on his last deal and has done enough to at least warrant a similar payday this summer, and there are a number of teams looking to upgrade their offensive abilities at center. The St. Louis Blues and Anaheim Ducks have been rumored to want depth down the middle, and a team like Nashville — which looks to be more offensively-inclined under new head coach Peter Laviolette — could certainly use a playmaking center.

  1. avfanforlife - May 26, 2014 at 11:55 AM

    nothing is ‘imminent’ yet

    Same stuff every year – “Will they trade Stastny away?”
    NO. He’s one of our best players, and an important member of the team on the ice and in the locker room. Not to mention the family tradition. He’ll sign again this summer.

    • spezzdispenser - May 26, 2014 at 12:36 PM

      how much?

    • polegojim - May 26, 2014 at 12:59 PM

      Ok Avfan… You’re right, he was one if the best ‘LAST YEAR’… But before his contract year, the kid was cruising.

      When he mans up and delivers perennially, I’ll drink the cool aide . Until then, he’s a ‘contract year wonder’.

      Getting paid seems to be job #1

      • avfanforlife - May 26, 2014 at 1:29 PM

        Are you forgetting what was going on the previous years? God-awful coach and staff, no motivation, questionable mgmt, etc.
        It’s a completely different franchise now. (I heard no-one talking about Vegas this year.)
        Stats is a franchise player and he loves being an AV. He bleeds burgandy and blue. Sure, we all do, but you know what I mean!

      • dueman - May 26, 2014 at 3:38 PM

        That’s funny Pole… do realize that over the last five years that Datsyuk only has 9 more points than Stastny, right? Does that mean that Datsyuk has just been cruising too?

      • polegojim - May 28, 2014 at 9:42 AM

        It is funny, since Dats missed many games with injuries, including much of this season.

        Thanks for proving my point.

      • dustinrmikkelsen - May 29, 2014 at 10:29 PM

        I’m an Avs fan, and I completely agree with you. NHL Network showed a graphic, in his first 250 games, he scored around 230 points… pretty good. Then, after his contract, in about the same amount of games, he only scored 170 I think. I can’t remember the exact numbers, but you get the idea, he’s leveled off. His best hockey is behind him, he is what he is. That being said, I think the Avs have to resign him, and I think he has to take a ‘home town’ deal

  2. welch3319 - May 26, 2014 at 2:50 PM

    5.7 a year ( same as Landy) is reasonable … I believe

    • welch3319 - May 26, 2014 at 5:07 PM

      Whos the one that disliked this… please tell me why????

      • avfanforlife - May 26, 2014 at 5:25 PM

        Between 5-6 sounds right… Bet he’d even take less…

  3. flyboystransport - May 26, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    He’s gonna get 6 years 42 million if he goes to free agency. There’s too many teams that need a top 2 center

  4. zacmelvinmcnutt - May 26, 2014 at 6:43 PM

    Although I am among the believers that Stastny wants to stay with the Avs and would take a hometown discount, when teams start offering him deals worth 6-7 mil a year, and there certainly will be, he’d be stupid not to at least consider it. Stats may end up being the most sought after UFA of the summer and I reckon quite a few franchises will be gunning for him. Interesting to see how this will play out.

  5. 311sucks - May 26, 2014 at 9:29 PM

    he’d certainly get first line minutes in nashville. please please please please please

  6. mackattack29 - May 26, 2014 at 10:46 PM

    I will be shocked if stastny ever leaves the avs in his entire career. His whole family are all about the avs and are close friends with burnaby Joe and Patty. He is the 2nd line center on a team that just won arguably the toughest division in hockey. If he’s interested in contending… There aren’t very many teams on the cusp of a dynasty like the avs are. All they need is to beef up their defense and keep developing barrie, and hopefully bring up Elliot

  7. welch3319 - May 27, 2014 at 12:35 AM

    6 years 42 mil … 7mil per year. COME ON NOW. He would be making more then John Tavares and Matt Duchene. 6 mil maybe … but 7 mil, isn’t gonna happen. Even STL, ANH and Nash wouldnt pay 7 mil for him. 60 points is great and all but the AVS had three other players with 60+ points , so any other team that wants him better have players to play around him. He’s not a winger so he wont be playing with Perry and Getz in Anh unless its on PP. Who would play with him in STL thats better then Landy and Mackinnon??? And NASH well it is LMAO. His best chance to win is with the AVS. But we’ll see… if he wants to make MORE then ROR , Duchy and Landy so be it , he’s not worth at all cuz those player I mentioned plus Mack .. make Stast.

  8. holdeninpdx - May 27, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    The Kroenkes are some of the cheapest cheapskates. They don’t care about “tradition,” because they’ve done NOTHING to advance the tradition of any team they’ve ever owned. The ”model” for Kroenke franchises is to spend the LEAST amount of money required to field teams that aren’t always an embarrassment in their respective leagues.

    Championships cost more money, and teams which regularly vie for championships are owned by people who won’t settle for less than sustained excellence. Because they go deep into the playoffs, they usually do OK financially, though sometimes they don’t. One need look no further than the Knicks to see an example of a big spending team that stinks. Still, it’s not for lack of effort…management there just stinks.

    Back to the Avs…as has been the case ever since the Kroenkes bought the team, it’s featured a ridiculously young team, with a smattering of veterans, often far past their prime…the reacquisition of Adam Foote, for instance. Eventually, one would think the team would mature into something, except the players who got better became too expensive to keep. Over and over and over. Unlike when they were winning championships, the Avs don’t get involved in trade-deadline moves…unless it’s to unload contracts.

    This season is a perfect example. The Avs played way over their heads and were sure to be playoff bound. Players were dropping like flies and they sat on their thumbs as other contenders stocked up. Stastny, despite his stature on the team, will have to give a great big hometown discount to be re-signed. Kroenke knows he’s got other contracts on the horizon to worry about, which is why he’s not acting very anxious over Stastny’s contract.

    Though passionate owners, like Pat Bowlen and Mark Cuban, don’t always succeed, Broncos and Mavs fans know they’re TRYING win the whole enchilada. That leaves teams like the Avs and Nuggets fighting for the chips and salsa…

    • welch3319 - May 28, 2014 at 12:26 AM

      Everyone knows that .. But I guarantee Patrick Roy wouldnt of took job if he knew that ownership wasnt going too spend to the cap. He would have left the Quebec Ramparts if that was the case, look at Dale Hunter .. coached the caps and did well but went back to London cuz its a gold mine. Im sure owership is different this time around. The NBA is a different beast cuz all these stars just want to team up, a bunch of average players arnt going to beat teams that have 3 superstars in they’re starting 5. NBA is pathedic now a days.

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