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Report: Stastny, Avalanche can’t complete a deal

Jun 30, 2014, 8:52 PM EDT

Paul Stastny AP

The start of NHL free agency tomorrow could prove interesting, with Paul Stastny now destined for the open market.

According to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports, Stastny and the Colorado Avalanche couldn’t complete a deal, which means the 28-year-old center will become an unrestricted free agent. Stastny is coming off a five-year contract worth $6.6 million, according to Capgeek.com. What will he command on the open market, especially considering this year’s class of UFAs isn’t particularly strong.

In terms of points, Stastny is also coming off his best season since 2009-2010. Meanwhile, the Avalanche made it back to the Stanley Cup playoffs, so at least that gave them the appearance of a team on the upswing. How will losing a veteran center, a very real prospect now, impact that club going forward into next season?

In the last 10 days or so, Stastny has been among the most talked about pending UFAs heading into the signing period, which begins Tuesday.

It started with his agent Matt Keator telling Pierre LeBrun of ESPN that the Avalanche would have “every chance” to retain his client. Nathan MacKinnon, the rookie sensation for 2014, has gone on record as saying the Avalanche need Stastny back.

The latest from four days ago was that half of the league had interest in Stastny. So that could start a bidding battle of epic proportions beginning tomorrow.

  1. lowenni - Jun 30, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    They could still end up Finding common ground, but Stastny is going to have a ton of suitors. If I were him I would be on the phone with the Hawks right now ready to take a discount to play 2C there. Good skater, good two way play, good playmaker will complement the Hawks roster well and fits their style of play. He could pursue money instead. I just think if he really wants to win and can’t resign with the Avs I’d try to get a deal in Chicago to push them back over the edge.

    • esracerx46 - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:10 PM

      Itd be tough to uproot your family and take half of what you can get elsewhere on a short term deal. And then have to do it again in a year or 2. One can hope right.

    • avscup - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:19 PM

      Not sure why you think he would take a major discount to go to Chicago if he won’t take a discount to stay where he likes living and playing? Sure Chicago is very good but so is Colorado. It’s not like the Hawks are guaranteed anything. He played college in Denver and likes the city and team.

    • elrock7 - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:24 PM

      He is 28, and will want 5 to 8 yrs at 6 plus mil. per yr.

      it will be his last shot at a mega deal, no discounts for anyone.

      • avscup - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:38 PM

        Except he said he would give a discount to stay here. He wants to remain but there is not enough roster space for all the centers the Avs have. Then they need to sign Mackinnon to a big deal soon.

    • lakeshoreleafsfan - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:50 PM

      Chicago can’t afford Paul Stastny, even with a discount. They are so strapped for cap space, I believe they’re in the process of unloading players. So, there’s no way they’re going to get Stastny who is asking for ALOT. If Toronto doesn’t get Dave Bolland re-signed, Stastny can sign with the Maple Leafs; we have some cap flexibility

      • pj608 - Jun 30, 2014 at 11:23 PM

        1. Chicago has to worry about Kane and Toews. Stars on their team now that will cost atleast 10 mil each.

        2. I cant see stastny going to a rivalry team like that.

        chicago will be looking to get a guy like mike richards or maybe even Lecavlier. caliber and cap….

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Jun 30, 2014 at 10:51 PM

      If he signs with the Wild, he’ll only have one Suter.

  2. billiam55 - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    u mean stastny cant complete a deal. interested in the market. all i knw is whoever get him theyre gonna overpay.

  3. avscup - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:20 PM

    Maybe time for Stats to move on. Time to get busy signing O’reilly and some d help. The Avs are deep at center and this might give some room to fix the blue line.

    • tru2joelu4eva - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:56 PM

      you nailed it. o’reilly>>>stastny.

      it’s amazing how quickly a few timely playoff goals made people forget that stastny has been the goat of this team for the past four years. his individual performance has historically been highly contingent on the overall success of the rest of the team. yeah, so his numbers went up when he started playing with nathan mackinnon. la-dee-da…

      • avfanforlife - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:59 AM

        ROR should be the Av’s #1 priority, then Stats. Don’t get me wrong – I really want them both to stay. Just sign O’Reilly already! 21 mil in cap space means they CAN afford to overpay a little bit. I don’t think Stastny really wants to leave…too much family history w the team, and why would anyone want to leave this team after a season like last year and all the changes, additions, etc. that have been made? (unless someplace else offers a significant amount $ more) Take the home team discount Stats, long term, and let’s play some hockey – the CUP is within reach again for this team! GO AVS!!!

  4. hodgkijay - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    Next years market doesnt look much better unless Toews/Kane go to the open market. Id be jumping on Stastny this year also. But hes not going to be the powerhouse his contract will say he is. Agghhhh the joys of free agency.

  5. egodz51 - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:35 PM

    Buffalo can basically give him a blank check. If he doesn’t mind waiting 2 years, he will reap the benefits of signing with the Sabs.

  6. jernster21 - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:44 PM

    He already said he’s going to market to see what’s out there…this article is kinda pointless.

    • kellymbuck1 - Jun 30, 2014 at 10:54 PM

      If an agent wants to get something posted, PHT seems to be the ‘no questions asked’ site.

  7. lbeezyse - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    I see Stats ending up in STL. I also see ORielly gettig signed to a big offer sheet from a Canadian team.

    • jernster21 - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:25 AM

      Bigger than the 6.5mm he’s already going to get unless an arbitrator says otherwise? I doubt it.

    • mackattack29 - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:36 AM

      Stastny along with every other Avalanche player would never want to play for the Blues. They are a huge rival and are a spineless group captained by a gutless POS who decided it was okay to tackle and punch an 18 year old who had no intention of fighting. The Blues don’t deserve a good guy like Stastny.

  8. jpat2424 - Jun 30, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    Chicago fans we don’t have the cap space for him. So he won’t be making the trip here.

  9. ravenscaps48 - Jun 30, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    Tampa Bay

  10. rsmaggiemae - Jun 30, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    Heard a rumor out of Dallas, they are really going after Stasny as they have the cap space to sign him and they want him to play with Seguin and McGinn
    so we will have to wait until Tuesday to find out if this rumor is true….
    then the Wild will really have trouble beating Dallas as they cant do now, and with him
    its might be really a hard task for the Wild to beat them
    TIME WILL TELL

  11. pj608 - Jun 30, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    He would be a 3rd line role for most of the regular season there anyways.

  12. chief361 - Jun 30, 2014 at 11:52 PM

    some wild fans have been begging and pleading to lock up stasny for some time now but i’d rather not see them waste heatley’s cap hit on another long term deal that’ll burn us in the long run. adding stasny will not immediately win us the cup just like parise and suter didn’t. what they need is someone to take a few of suter’s minutes and to sort out the mess in nets. if they can pick up some offense over the short term in the process, all the better…or better yet, develop it ourselves on the cheap.

  13. hubeydubeydoo11 - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:55 AM

    Florida Panthers anyone?

  14. mackattack29 - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:32 AM

    Stastny and Duchene are the two biggest reasons on offense for the Avs amazing season. Without Stazz I am extremely worried about my team going forward. We really need him. Anyone who gets him will be shocked at how amazing he is in all 3 zones. Just such a complete player. No matter what happens he will be sorely missed in Denver.

  15. steveo9286 - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    Buffalo could/should make an attempt to get him. Have a young team with tons of potential talent coming down the pipe. Add in the fact that we currently need to spend ~$20 Million just to get to the cap floor, they can afford to almost throw money at him. Having said that, it may still be hard to lure him to Buffalo because the area isn’t the most well regarded, (though that is changing, albeit slowly) and after last year’s horrendous season he may not want to be part of a rebuild, despite the huge potential of the young players. Nevertheless, they should still make the attempt.

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