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Contract talks between Avalanche, Stastny ongoing

Little information has been available regarding ongoing contract negotiations between the Colorado Avalanche and valuable second-line center Paul Stastny, and that is often concerning. Sometimes radio silence is bad, especially when fans are left to their own devices, fretting over the possibility of a Colorado keystone walking away to a more welcoming team, leaving nothing for the Avalanche in his absence.

Yet radio silence can also be good and, as free agency day approaches, the gears should begin turning more frequently as both sides work to get a deal hammered out. According to Bob McKenzie of TSN, the Avalanche have already made a multi-year offer to Stastny, meaning the process is playing out.

Stastny has been patient throughout the end of his current deal, worth $33 million over the last five years, saying there was no immediate pressure to get things finalized and that he was open to a hometown discount that could keep him in Denver.

Avs opt to take O’Reilly to club-elected arbitration

That slow pace, coupled with Colorado’s prevalence of centers and little detail about communications occurring at all, had lead to speculation that Stastny could hit the open market.

He would be a coveted unrestricted free agent to many.

The 28-year-old former University of Denver Pioneers forward vastly improved his stock in the league last season, seeing a resurgence—along with the rest of the club—under the direction of head coach Patrick Roy. Stastny finished third on the team in goalscoring (25) and fifth in points (60) through 71 regular season games played. He also lead the Avs in goals (5) and tied for first in points (10) in seven playoff contests as well, rising to the occasion when the club needed him.

Stastny also excelled away from the scoreboard, logging heavy minutes in predominantly defensive situations while also possessing the puck as much or more than anyone on the roster.

The news that he has received an offer is a welcome distraction from the reports that the organization has elected to take teammate Ryan O’Reilly to salary arbitration.

Colorado has until July 1st to negotiate exclusively with Stastny. After that, he’s fair game for all 30 clubs.

Ryan Boulding is a staff writer for Mile High Sports. He can be reached via email at ryan@milehighsports.com or on Twitter @RBoulding.

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Comments (2)

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    Quick note of a typo: Stastny finished third on the team in goalscoring (25) and fifth in points (6) through 71 regular season games played.

    You’re missing the 0 after the 6 in Staz’s point toal.

    Anyway, great points. Thanks for the post.

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