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Stastny picks the Blues — four years, $28 million

Jul 1, 2014, 12:37 PM EST

Paul Stastny AP

The St. Louis Blues have added the premier center of the free-agency period, signing Paul Stastny to a four-year, $28 million contract.

Stastny, 28, leaves Colorado, where he scored 25 times with 35 assists in 2013-14. The 28-year-old joins a Blues lineup that already has David Backes at center, giving St. Louis the kind of 1-2 punch down the middle that Stanley Cup-winning teams often possess.

For the Avs, the loss of Stastny is significant, and it puts even more pressure on management to work out a long-term deal with Ryan O’Reilly.

  1. lowenni - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    That’s a really good pickup for them, money aside. 7 mil is definitely a lot but he’s still young and they can find a trade partner one day if need be. He just adds even more offensive punch and depth to their team, and even if he doesn’t score 70 points a season, he does other things right. Great pickup for them, I’m actually okay with the money and term FOR NOW. Blues will be scary next year, as we always say.

    • avfanforlife - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:16 PM

      UUUGGGHHHHHH !!!! Not to a Divisional Rival!!! I’m guessing the Av’s offered 5 – 5 1/2 per… I really thought he’d stay an AV, what with his family history, etc… So the whole “home-team discount” was all BS… AV’s have 21mil in cap space – SIGN RO’R TODAY!!!

      • dueman - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:52 PM

        So because he didn’t give the Avs a 2 million dollar “home-team discount” that makes him full of $hit? You’re too funny! lol

      • avscup - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:12 PM

        I think it is fine. We are deep at center and need to figure out a way to get ROR signed long term and Mackinnon will be getting a big deal soon. I couldn’t see him going much below $6/yr and much above that seems like too much.

        See ya Paulie! Good luck except against the AVS!

      • avfanforlife - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:09 PM

        STATS wasn’t full of it, the media was Dueman… I was hoping the AV’s would step up and go somewhere in the 6 range and that would be that. All good now – I’ll take Iginla :) $10mil plus cap space left – Plenty to sign RO’R.

    • polegojim - Jul 1, 2014 at 6:08 PM

      The kid looks good on paper and stats… But you’ll soon see why the Avs didn’t break the bank to keep him.

      Best wishes, but not nearly as big a loss as many are making it out to be.

  2. billiam55 - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    good fit for the blues.

  3. bcsteele - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    SCORE!!!!!!

    Great deal also per the term of that deal. In Armstrong we trust!

  4. pjblake2redwings - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:44 PM

    WHOA the Blues may have just bought a CUP!!!

    • lordfletcher - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:46 PM

      how has that gone recently for them… 1st round exists.

      they have just as much to prove as San Jose

      • 5thliner - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:05 PM

        1st rounds do exist!

    • valoisvipers - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:55 PM

      They said similar things when the Blues got Miller. The Blues are starting to remind me of the Sharks. A great regular season team.

    • polegojim - Jul 1, 2014 at 6:10 PM

      Stastny is NOT a Cup difference maker. He’s slightly better than average, but only when he wants to be.

  5. 5thliner - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:46 PM

    He’s coming home!

  6. bluesdroogie - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    We bring Stastny and we are bringing over Lehtera finally. Looks like the blues just addressed some of their offensive woes. Hopefully

  7. jernster21 - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:59 PM

    That’s a lot of loot. Best of luck to Stastny.

  8. endusersolutions2013 - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:00 PM

    With the two signings today, and solidifying the goalie situation, da blues are definately in contention in the toughest division in the NHL. Stars and Wild appear to continue their improvements.

    Only other team I see (as rosters currently stand) to challenge the central div champ for the SC is the Kings.

    • polegojim - Jul 1, 2014 at 6:10 PM

      Same ole…perennially

  9. dollasnsense - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    Now about that goaltending…

    • bluesdroogie - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:07 PM

      Elliot and ALLEN. Lets see if Allen can bring his game to the NHL. We saw Bishop do it. Now lets hope that Allen can follow suit.(except this time stay with the Blues)

      I thought Elliot played very well for the most part last season. I think every year he has seemed to improve. He was not the reason we lost to the Kings 2 years ago. Lack of offense was. How many posts did we hit? How many empty nets did we miss?

  10. avscup - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:03 PM

    Wonder if he will go back to his post signing performance history?

    Much too big of a contract but congrats to Stastny for getting the big dollars and Kudos to Sakic for sticking to the Avs plan. Sometimes hard to say bye but in this case, I don’t feel he is worth that kind of money and they still need to sign ROR! I think ROR has more upside and perhaps they will be able to work out a long term deal.

    Is ROR worth $6.5/year? Hard to pay him that and keep harmony on the team with Duchene and Landy at $5.5 this year. Hope ROR is reasonable or arbitration could be ugly for both.

  11. darksidecowboy - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:07 PM

    Damn I was hoping the Stars would get him, although Spezza isn’t shabby. The Central is getting crazy strong. At least the AVs will be a little weaker, thanks Blues.

    • valoisvipers - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:01 PM

      You should be happy you got Speeza(+Hemsky as a result of the Speeza trade) as he has the leadership that Dallas craves and needs so badly.

      • darksidecowboy - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:28 PM

        Benn is actually one hell of a captain, but Spezza can now just have fun without the pressure along with his bud Hemsky

  12. r8rbhawk - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    son of a!

  13. savior72 - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:19 PM

    YES!!!

  14. jimmyt - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:32 PM

    His hometown is St. Louis, born and raised.

    • jernster21 - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:28 AM

      Oh ok. He was born in Quebec.

  15. jpat2424 - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    Have fun with another 1st round exit.

  16. pj608 - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    hes worth 7 mil…. he wasnt worth that much to COL because he would be a 3rd line role and they have to think about signing Mackinnon to 8+ mill in the near future. Duchene and Landeskog are locked up for about 5 more years at 6 mil. Why would they have given stasty 7 to play on the 3rd line? Good pick up, one player i wish NJ dished out the money for…

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