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Report: Stastny’s agent isn’t in hurry to start contract talks

Jun 8, 2014, 10:11 AM EST

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It looks like Paul Stastny‘s agent, Matt Keator, wants to wait until the closer to the eleventh hour before the unrestricted free agent period before beginning contract negotiations with the Colorado Avalanche, according to the Denver Post. The talks between the two parties consequently aren’t expected to start until June 20th.

Waiting that long might be even more tactically advantageous for Stastny now as it would have been in the past because while the free agent period doesn’t start until July 1, he can begin interviewing with other teams on June 25, thanks to the new CBA.

The 28-year-old center is coming off of a five-year, $33 million contract. When he signed it, he looked like he might develop into a point-per-game player. He surpassed the 70-point mark for the third time in four campaigns in the first year of the deal, but he hasn’t come close to that milestone since. Over the past four seasons, the best he’s done offensively was in 2013-14 when he scored 25 goals and 60 points in 71 contests.

He is still clearly a valuable top-six forward, but perhaps not an ideal fit for the Avalanche anymore as they’re already loaded up the middle with Matt Duchene, Nathan MacKinnon, and Ryan O’Reilly all capable of serving as centers. The Avalanche shifted MacKinnon and O’Reilly to the wing last season to make their lines work.

That being said, if Stastny does end up testing the free agent waters, there’s sure to be plenty of demand for his services.

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  1. avscup - Jun 8, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    If he is actually telling the truth and really wants to stay in Denver, he will be taking a discount to what he might get in UFA. He was loaded up on his last contract and didn’t perform up to the contract. He should be welcome in Denver at the right price but only if he is a deal, otherwise too many younger productive guys coming up on FA!

    • dueman - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:54 PM

      So if he decides to give up a bunch of money to stay with the Avs, then he’s telling the truth about wanting to stay with Colorado, but if another team offers him much more money, and he decides to take it, then he’s a liar? That’s too funny. How about this….If the Avs want him to stay, they will give him a competitive offer. If they think they can do fine without him, then they won’t.

      • avscup - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:18 PM

        He said he would take less money to stay here. We’ll see if he means it. The Avs overpaid last time! I guess we will see how bad he wants to be here. The Avs have more important players to spend money on in the coming years! O’Reilly, Landy, Wonder Boy…

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:58 PM

      True, he was overpaid and didn’t live up to the contract but unfortunately for your Avs the economics of the NHL are far, far different than when Stastny signed that deal. There will be no hometown discount. Tyler Bozak, a guy who’s never had more than 19 goals got 4.25 per. Ryan Callahan, an injury-prone grit player, is looking for 6+ (and he’ll probably get it somewhere). And no one will forget David Clarkson. Under the leagues new unofficial outlook on value Stastny atleast lived up to his contract this season and is guaranteed to get something similar on the open market. If Colorado wants to stick their proverbial heads in the sand and ignore the current economics then by all means lowball Stastny. But, despite his numbers over his last contract, the guy will cash in big time in free agency. And I know the Avs have a boatload of talent up front but replacing an important leader and 60-pt scorer at C is not such an easy void to fill in the current marketplace.

      • avscup - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:22 PM

        Well, he said there would be a discount to stay and they don’t need to replace him. They moved O’Reilly to wing and Nathan Mac has shown what he is about. He will no doubt get big money in UFA, but he went to DU and has said he would like to stay here even if it means taking a little less. So pay attention!

      • phillyphanatic77 - Jun 9, 2014 at 1:21 PM

        I think you’re the one who needs to pay attention… did he clarify what a “little less” means? Because it could mean he lowers his demands from $7mil/per to $6.25 mil. Bc I can tell you right now he’s looking like the #1 FA target on the market and there are plenty of teams (with cap space) who are gonna offer more than that. In the seasons in which Stastny has played atleast 66 games he’s averaged over 66 points. 28-year old centers with that kind of production do not hit the open market very often. There will be a feeding frenzy. And notice how the agent wants to take talks slow? He’s gonna hold onto the Avs offer, put it in his back pocket, go to free agency and tell all the other bidders that is the starting point for Stastny’s services. If the guy really wanted to stay in Denver that bad he’d be working hard on a contract right now. But keep living in your delusional world where athletes don’t seem to care about that extra million dollars.

  2. gbart22 - Jun 8, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    His agent knows that Stastny is a commodity and will be highly sought and he will be able drive up price

    • polegojim - Jun 8, 2014 at 11:28 PM

      Avs should let him go before overpaying him for one recent good contract year.

      Paul has proven to be mostly ‘average’ with a few flashes of ‘very good’.

      He will not play up to a big payday.

  3. darksidecowboy - Jun 8, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    Dallas will be calling his agent if he doesn’t sign with Av’s, along with a bunch of center needy teams.

  4. billiam55 - Jun 8, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    come to NY stastny. we’re buying out richards this offseason. need a speedy center.

    • mactruck27 - Jun 9, 2014 at 8:36 AM

      Yes, let’s replace one terrible contract with another.

  5. desertfan - Jun 8, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    Canucks!!

  6. spizzjr - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    John tavares new winger?

  7. 311sucks - Jun 9, 2014 at 8:12 AM

    n a s h v i l l e

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