The NHL offseason is upon us and teams are starting to sort out who they want to begin targeting in free agency next month and which of their players they believe they can keep off the open market.
For the Colorado Avalanche, their season was one that saw a lot of grittiness propel a young team to a high seed in the Western Conference playoffs but an early exit awaited them nonetheless at the hands of the Minnesota Wild.
One player who helped the Avs get to the postseason and take the Wild to more than seven full games was Paul Stastny, but he may not be around for much longer. Stastny wants a long term deal from Colorado and while Joe Sakic and com[any admire what Stastny has done for them, they don’t seem to be falling over themselves to give into his demands.
Joe Sakic: "We're hopeful we can sign Stastny…..but if he chooses to go to (FA), that's his right":
— Adrian Dater (@adater) June 19, 2014
That doesn’t sound overly optimistic that a deal will get done in time, but the fact of the matter is the Avs seem to be open to working with Stantsy to get something done.
Progress will need to come quickly though, as NHL free agency is right around the corner and if Stastny hits the open market, he won’t be returning to Colorado next season.