Paul Stastny has just completed a five-year, $33 million contract with the Colorado Avalanche. If unsigned by the Avalanche, Stastny becomes one of the greatest free agents of the summer. And as of today, the Avs haven’t made any type of move to show interest in re-signing the lead scoring center.
Yet another week has passed and nothing has been settled.
Stastny’s agent, Matt Keator, announced last week that “nothing is imminent” between the two in terms of re-signing. At this point, there is only one month remaining until Stastny will becoming an unrestricted free agent, and many Avs fans are beginning to worry that the club has no plans to keep him in the lineup.
Stastny has spent his entire career, the past seven seasons, with the Avalanche. He brought incredible talent to the team with 458 points in 538 games his entire time with the team. This season alone, he scored 60 points in 71 games. His career high is 79 points during the 2009-10 campaign.
Losing Stastny wouldn’t be the best route the Avs could go. Sure, there is plenty of talent that could replace him playing center, but none who have the scoring ability that Stastny brings to the lineup.
Money may have something to do with the delay. Stastny has played well enough to want a similar monetary contract wherever he ends up next season, and the Avalanche may not have the room to pay him what he wants.
It is rumored that the St. Louis Blues and the Anaheim Ducks are looking for more center depth, both of which could be amazing potential teams for Stastny to consider.
[h/t: Denver Post]