Sports - Colorado Avalanche

May 26, 2014 6:52 PM by Posted by Greg Smith

Stastny's future with Avs unclear

Paul Stastny, one of the big potential free-agent prizes of the summer, is looking for a new deal. Whether he gets one from the Colorado Avalanche remains to be seen.

Stastny's agent, Matt Keator, told the Denver Post that there is "nothing imminent" regarding a new deal with the Avs. Thanks to ProHockeyTalk for the assist.

Colorado will undoubtedly have interest in re-signing Stastny, who has spent his entire seven-year NHL career with the Avs, but it could be tricky.

The Avalanche have an abundance of young talent -- including Matt Duchene, Ryan O'Reilly and Nathan MacKinnon -- able to play the center position. O'Reilly and MacKinnon have been moved to the wing to balance things out but are more than capable of moving back to the middle.

Stastny just completed the last of a five-year, $33 million deal that carried a $6.6 million cap hit. He'll most likely be looking for a similar contract as he's proved he can be a very productive player.

The 28-year-old has collected 458 points in 538 games with Colorado. He registered 25 goals and 60 points in 71 games this past season and added five goals and five assist in 10 playoff contests.

If Stastny elects to test free agency, the St. Louis Blues, Nashville Predators and Anaheim Ducks could be potential landing spots.



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