Paul Stastny is not in a hurry to begin contract negotiations with the Colorado Avalanche and his agent, Matt Keator, wants to wait til the unrestricted free agent period nears closer to worry about such things.
The talks between the two parties are expected to begin June 20th. This could be good for Stastny in certain aspects. If he waits until the 20th, even though free agency doesn’t begin until July 1, he will have time to interview with other teams which is allowed after June 25.
At the NHL trade deadline, the Avs were interested in finalizing a contract, but at the time Stastny and Keator wanted to wait. Now both parties are playing the waiting game.
Stastny is currently coming off of a five year, $33 million contract.
At the beginning of his contract, Stastny was playing exceptionally. He surpassed the 70 point mark during his first season with the Avalanche but hasn’t come close in the years since. The best year he’s had recently was in the 2013-14 campaign when he scored 25 goals and 60 points in 71 games.
The center needs to be careful. With his decreasing numbers and the sheer amount of talent the Avs have up the middle with Matt Duchene, Nathan MacKinnon and Ryan O’Reilly, the need to keep him on the team may not be ideal.
Entering free agency would not be the worst thing for Stastny, as many teams have showed interest in him. If he doesn’t reach a deal with the Avalanche, he is sure to sign an equal contract with another franchise.