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Agent: Avs will be given ‘every chance to retain’ Stastny

Jun 20, 2014, 12:53 PM EDT

DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 19: Paul Stastny #26 of the Colorado Avalanche celebrates his goal against the Chicago Blackhawks to take a 1-0 lead in the first period at Pepsi Center on November 19, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. Getty Images

From ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun, the latest on pending unrestricted free agent Paul Stastny and the Colorado Avalanche:

As soon as Wednesday, other teams are allowed as per the new CBA to reach out to Stastny’s agent, Matt Keator.

“Paul has been open about the fact he wants to stay in Denver,” Keator said Friday. “We will keep talking with Joe throughout the process and give them every chance to retain Paul. We will meet next week and see where things go.”

The plan is for Keator and Sakic to speak in Las Vegas during the NHL awards.

The Avs want to keep both Stastny and pending RFA Ryan O’Reilly, but it’s not clear whether the club’s salary “structure” will allow that. It depends on the players’ contract expectations, and how strongly they feel about those expectations.

“I’m going to touch base and see Matt next week,” Sakic told “But I also understand Paul has the right to listen to other teams. We hope we can keep Paul, but he’s in that situation where it’s his choice. I don’t blame him if they choose to see what’s out there.”

  1. LampyB - Jun 20, 2014 at 2:09 PM

    Stastny will get top priority. O’reilly gets seconds so who knows if he’ll remain in denver. Maybe we should ask his dad what he thinks

    • polegojim - Jun 21, 2014 at 10:42 PM

      Not sold on either one.

      Stastny has been average since first few seasons… until his contract year… And has not lived up to initial expectations. My only ‘gimme’ to him is that he now has Roy as a coach. Maybe that’s THE difference maker.

      OReilly is a sideshow and a one way player, would not care if he moved on.

  2. darksidecowboy - Jun 20, 2014 at 3:02 PM

    I can’t see how the Av’s will be able to keep both ROR and Stastny. If I were Joe trade ROR and sign Statsny before he gets overpaid on another team. I know Dallas is very interested if he gets to FA.

    • avfanforlife - Jun 20, 2014 at 4:28 PM

      Still lots of cap-space – I’m betting they over-pay ROR to stick around. We’ll see it in the headlines soon enough.

  3. spoon9z - Jun 21, 2014 at 3:17 AM

    good old cheap Avs…patience has been replaced with salary structure yet it always meant cheap/cap floor huggers. KSE has how many teams now and which ONE do they run well. hell, Josh Kroenke can’t even spell hockkey. OH CRAP, it’s contagious!!!!

    • dolphincult - Jun 21, 2014 at 12:52 PM

      Crack spoon needs to get with the program. There is a new sheriff in town

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