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Report: Half of the league is interested in Stastny

Jun 26, 2014, 10:35 PM EDT

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This offseason features a more open interview window between pending free agents and potential new teams, which introduces a fun new narrative: news about the number of franchises inquiring about players.

Paul Stastny takes the cake, at least so far. TSN’s Pierre LeBrun reports that the potentially soon-to-be-ex Colorado Avalanche forward is drawing interest from a whopping 15 teams.

LeBrun mentions that the 28-year-old won’t take less than the $6.6 million cap hit that’s about to expire. It’s unclear how many of those 15 suitors are willing to ante up that much dough, but one could assume that at least a few teams would be willing to meet those demands (if not blow them away).

Stastny isn’t the only player who’s drawing a lot of interest, though. The Hockey News’ Ken Campbell reports that Dave Bolland has been contacted by at least eight teams already.

The numbers get dizzying when you consider all the sought-after players in free agency and trade rumors. As many as eight teams are barking up UFA Dan Boyle‘s tree. Ryan Kesler is the one who’s limiting his potential destinations, even if the Vancouver Canucks are getting a lot of calls. The Jason Spezza market seems sizzling in its own right … and those are just the targets who are drawing the most open attention.

It’s not technically official that Stastny and Bolland will find new teams, yet the writing seems to be on the wall.

  1. tfilarski - Jun 26, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    bolland must be drunk if he thinks he is getting 5mil per yer

    • 19to77 - Jun 26, 2014 at 10:56 PM

      Dude, he just spent a year with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Can’t blame the man for getting imaginative after playing with Clarkson all season.

  2. snipedanglecelly13 - Jun 26, 2014 at 10:41 PM

    I wouldn’t mind seeing statsny but I don’t think Detroit is interested

    • pjblake2redwings - Jun 27, 2014 at 8:08 AM

      obviously we would love him here in Detroit for 2C but Holland made the worst move last yr when we got stuck with Weiss for that role.

  3. esracerx46 - Jun 26, 2014 at 10:46 PM

    Remember last year and all the years prior when Stastny was treated like Lecavalier was in Tampa? Chastised and mocked for not living up to his contract? First, it’s not his fault he got what he did. Second, just wait until the winner of the Stastny sweepstakes. This has ouch written all over it.

    I’d love Stastny on my team…Just not at the term or salary he’ll end up getting.

    • withseidelinn - Jun 27, 2014 at 10:05 AM

      Agreed, 6.6 is just too much. That contract was signed based on 75+ point seasons and the assumption/hope that he would be able to put up those numbers consistently. Great player, but not at that level anymore. My feeling is that it will end up being too high of a price tag for most teams that are playoff calibre.

  4. flyerspsu - Jun 26, 2014 at 10:50 PM

    Would love for Statsny to be the #2 center in Philly but w/ half the league interested it would cost a lot to convince him, not to mention Philly has no cap room unless they moved Vinny and Grossmann or L schenn

    w/ Holmgren I could see making a serious run at him, Hextall doesnt seem like he would do the same

    • mcphillthy - Jun 27, 2014 at 12:15 PM

      I hate thumbing down my fellow flyers fans but why would Philly need another center when we have the same talent or better already on the team for much cheaper? G, schenn, and Coots are our guys. We don’t need any centers. Wings and defense is all hexy is looking for.

      • flyerspsu - Jun 27, 2014 at 1:47 PM

        I think he would be a big upgrade over schenn and would solidify that #2 center spot, I also think Couturier is the perfect 3C but doesnt produce enough offensive yet to be a 2C and he might not ever, Schenn would go to wing or be traded

  5. flyersfan85 - Jun 26, 2014 at 11:01 PM

    Here is to hoping the Flyers are on the not interested side.

    • flyerspsu - Jun 27, 2014 at 12:18 AM

      its nice w/ Hextall instead Holmgren as GM that we dont have to worry about overpaying vastly for every FA we really like

      Statsny would make a great #2C but would cost way too much

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Jun 27, 2014 at 1:45 AM

      Flyers don’t need another center. Winger and Dman most likely through trade. I’m thinking Winnipeg or Edmonton.

      • mcphillthy - Jun 27, 2014 at 12:17 PM

        ^yes on the wing and Dmen. Not sure about Edmonton being the trade partner though

  6. blomfeld - Jun 27, 2014 at 2:32 AM

    YEAH ? … WELL 96.6% OF TEAMS ARE JEALOUS OF US LA KINGS !!! :) :) :)

    29/30 = 96.6% … KPMG Global Accounting Systems

    Friends, the bottom line is that the entire population of China (1.7 billion at last count) can be ‘interested’ in Stastny and yet we SC Champion Kings still couldn’t give a hoot ! That’s right ! And you know why ? Well that’s for no other reason than because ‘ours’ is an enterprise driven not only by ‘superior’ skill, athleticism, strength and values, but more importantly, by divine providence and righteous fate !

    GO KINGS GO !!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

    *** Top LA Kings fans @ PHT … c/o Ernst & Young Global Accounting Systems ***

    1) Blomfeld
    2) Namriverrat69
    3) PHT Joey
    4) Pat The Hockey Fan
    5) Altdog
    6) James O’Brien

    • tuberippin - Jun 27, 2014 at 2:57 AM


      He said, verbally fellating the team that just gave Marian Gaborik a seven-year deal.

      • welch3319 - Jun 27, 2014 at 5:39 AM

        L.A. KINGS = 96.6 % OF BANDWAGon FANS! Nailed it!! :)

    • lordfletcher - Jun 27, 2014 at 7:26 AM

      “blomfeld – Jun 27, 2014 at 2:32 AM”……

      stopped reading here ^

      • avscup - Jun 27, 2014 at 8:51 AM


        Stopped reading there!

      • buckhome - Jun 27, 2014 at 9:44 AM

        saw an accompanying video and stopped reading, just knowing who the source of the post was

    • handsofsweed - Jun 27, 2014 at 11:33 AM

      The real question is “Why did you pick ‘Namriverrat69’ as yet another one of your screen/account names?”

  7. kantnockdahustle89 - Jun 27, 2014 at 6:01 AM

    Those are a lot of #2 centers available. Not to mention Grabovski is available too. Summer of Center?

  8. lbeezyse - Jun 27, 2014 at 9:16 AM

    Theres hockey in LA?

  9. earpaniac - Jun 27, 2014 at 10:15 AM

    Someone is gonna really regret that $7mil a year cap hit.

    As a side note, I’m glad I’m not the only one who stops reading at …”blom”…..

  10. sixchr - Jun 27, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    With Kesler going to Anaheim I’d almost bet money on Vancouver.

  11. savior72 - Jun 27, 2014 at 3:13 PM


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