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Stastny wants to ‘see what’s out there,’ will test market

Jun 25, 2014, 8:57 AM EDT

Paul Stastny, Jared Spurgeon AP

Colorado Avalanche forward Paul Stastny is going to test the free agent market.

In a situation that may shake out to see how the NHL’s interview period leading up to July 1 works out, Adrian Dater of The Denver Post reports Stastny will explore around to see what he can earn, but hasn’t cut Joe Sakic and the Avalanche out of the process.

Stastny wants to “see what’s out there”, Sakic reports. So, we are officially entering into the period where teams are free to call Stastny and [agent Matt] Keator and put on the full-court press.

As a solid two-way center that can score, Stastny could be one of the biggest targets in free agency and could command a deal that pays as much as $6 million per season.

According to Dater, the Avs have made Stastny an offer already but would likely need to come up on it to stay in the race to re-sign him. Last season, he had 25 goals and 60 points in his eighth season in Colorado.

Stastny has never been an unrestricted free agent before and the thrill of shopping your wares around to the highest bidder could net him a monster deal. At the very least, he’s keeping Colorado apprised of whatever comes across his desk.

  1. phxyotes - Jun 25, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    Great player for the Avs, going to be hard to replace him if he decides to sign elsewhere.

    • pj608 - Jun 25, 2014 at 11:27 AM

      Yeah man, They need to sign either Stastny or O’Rielly. If not…. GO TO NJD Please!!!! Two hard nose players that would fit the system perfectly.

    • illogic87 - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:09 PM

      Noone wants to play in refer city…bunch of hippies there

      • tved12 - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:44 PM

        Refer city, are a lot of people referred there? Do a lot of people in Denver refer others? I don’t understand, why would Denver be the city of referrals?

      • illogic87 - Jun 26, 2014 at 2:15 PM

        yep, fans just smoke refer and sit on their hands during games and eat munchies…pretty boring if you play for the avs

  2. avscup - Jun 25, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    Great player last season for the Avs! He also has had his struggles. If he plays like last season, the Avs could certainly use him. His Rookie year he had 78 pts and in 2008, 2010 he had 70+ points. That was a while ago. He has struggled since until this year. I think Joe and Patrick know his value and worth and will give that to him but not more. If he truly wants to stay with the Avs, he will. If somebody wants to overpay him, then thanks for the memories Paulie

    • pj608 - Jun 25, 2014 at 11:28 AM

      Every player struggles from time to time

      • avscup - Jun 25, 2014 at 11:39 AM

        My point was that Stastny struggled for several years when the team struggled. He didn’t stand out like a great player unless he had good talent around him. Those high scoring years were with Joe Sakic and Milan Hejduk around. More recently, he has not been as great as perhaps the big contract he desires.

    • jernster21 - Jun 26, 2014 at 1:19 AM

      At the end of the day the Avs are now going to pay for, and potentially lose Stastny due to a contract handed out by a previous GM who handed out a ridiculous contract based on one or two seasons playing with HOF type players. If the Avs are stuck on a certain salary structure and lose him because of it then that’s a decision they’re going to live with by not trading him or resigning him prior to the end of the trade deadline. Stastny is a 6mm/yr player NOW, but he wasn’t for half of the contract he just finished playing out. On top of that, they have O’Reilly that thinks he can demand a salary of a point per game player and he’s had two seasons where he’s got top 6 minutes and wants 6-7mm/yr when he should be around 4.5-5.5mm/yr. I like O’Reilly but between him and his agents they’re making the situation way more complicated than it should be when he’s in a situation where he gets good ice time on an up and coming team.

  3. bricevjohnson - Jun 25, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    As an Avs fan, I’m not that disappointed to see him go. Stastny, when on his game, is a good playmaking center man and can make big plays during crunch time, but disappears much too often. Like Brad Richards, you don’t know what kind of year and effort you will get out of the guy from one season to the next. My hope coming into the offseason was that Colorado would let him walk and use the cap space on more pressing issues (defense and resigning their RFA’s) over spending another 6 million just to keep up-and-down Paul Stastny. O’Reilly in particular seems to be a pest to sign, but the type of player everybody needs to win; his departure would definitely hurt more.

    Thanks for everything you’ve done Paulie, but it’s time for both sides to move on.

    • avscup - Jun 25, 2014 at 10:15 AM

      Hard to argue this. I am not giving up yet on Stastny. I hope he see’s what the market and what teams are interested and then decides to honor what he said and give the hometown discount to stay an Av. He can be very good with the right parts around him. The team could use his leadership. On the other hand, I agree we do need to figure out a way to get ROR signed if possible.

      Gonna be an interesting few weeks. Has there been a SC winner without great D? Not since Carolina in ’06 or Tampa Bay before that has a team won without standout D. The Avs need to spend money on the blue line period.

      • bricevjohnson - Jun 25, 2014 at 10:50 AM

        Unfortunately, the problem is that there is always a market for prime-age, skilled centermen. A hometown discount would be nice, but there might be too much available cash from a comparable market such as Dallas or a strong contender like St. Louis. It would be nice to get the best of both worlds, Stastny at a flexible price and more available cap space to support the team budget, but it is looking less than likely at this stage. Never say never though.

        And you can get away with suspect defense if your overall team defense and system work to patch these holes, but as you know, Colorado has in some way shape or form always played with a run-and-gun mentality. I fear that my TV is going to end up with a boot through if I have to watch another season of Nate Guenin demand top-end defenseman minutes.

  4. beepbeepbeeplgb - Jun 25, 2014 at 10:27 AM

    would love to see him come back home and play with the blues.

  5. billiam55 - Jun 25, 2014 at 10:41 AM

    wants to “make more money”

  6. cjnbsc - Jun 25, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    Come to Montreal. Been a long time since we had a true #1 C. Could play between Pacioretty and Gallagher.

  7. hockeydon10 - Jun 25, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    Callahan $5.8M
    Stastny ???

    • i1theinternet - Jun 25, 2014 at 12:00 PM

      if Stats signs elsewhere, 6 years @ $6.6-6.7m. Avs will buck up as far as 5 years @ $6m, but i think that’s the limit.

      • areaman714 - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:30 PM

        I don’t see him getting more than 6 mil per from a legit contender. Maybe from a pretty close team with cap room.

  8. 950003cups - Jun 25, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    Carmelo Stastny?

  9. pj608 - Jun 25, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    Come to NJ!!!!

    • guitarisgood4u - Jun 25, 2014 at 11:57 AM

      That I can see happening.

    • nj666 - Jun 25, 2014 at 12:14 PM

      That would be great, but Lou needs to buyout/move deadweight of Salvador and Volchenkov….

  10. lbeezyse - Jun 25, 2014 at 12:14 PM

    Word here in MN is that Fletch values Stats over Vanek & we all know what kind of man crush the Wild have on Vanek. Fletch generally gets his man, but I’d rather see him give O’Reilly a 4-5 year deal at 5+ than stats a 6-7 deal @ 6.5+.

    • clarke16 - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:54 PM

      Move Koivu and sign both Stastny and Vanek @ ~$6m/per…

  11. darksidecowboy - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:02 PM

    I think Paul will love the young rising team known as the Dallas Stars. We have Seguin, Benn, and Nichushkin. Stars have a hole in the 2C poistion. Jim Nill will be gunning for him, and Statsny will flourish like Seguin in Dallas. He’ll have Nichushkin and Chaisson as linemates giving the Stars two top lines, along with a agitating 3rd line with Garbutt and Roussel. Stars also have the money to spend unlike some other cap stretched teams. Get it done Nill.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:42 PM

      If he ended up on the Stars they would have a formidable top-6. Throw in a developing blueline and a goalie who can be excellent when he’s on and there’s a similar formula for this years Avs club. Dallas is only a few players away from being really scary.

      • jernster21 - Jun 26, 2014 at 1:25 AM

        So are the Avs with another legit top 4 defenseman or two, and Denver is more of a home to Stastny than the people in STL think – if it comes down to comfort and hometown discount it’s going to be from the Avs, not St. Louis.

  12. 5thliner - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    He’s coming home to St. Louis!

  13. endusersolutions2013 - Jun 25, 2014 at 5:49 PM

    Paul, listen up – if you want to play for a team that will be a cup contender for several years, where there is solid fan support, and the opportunity to play on a line with proven scorers who can handle passes and pass as well, the Chicago Blackhawks should win a place on your short list.

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