Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 03/04/13 at 02:46 PM ET
from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
The Avs need to either trade one of their three centers or get better third-line wingers to play with one of those guys. All indications were that the Avs had every intent to trade O'Reilly, but they waited too long and now have an arranged marriage with him for at least a year.
My solution? I think Stastny is the guy they need to seriously consider moving. No offense to him either, but if I'm the GM of this team, I go with Duchene and O'Reilly as my top two centers and try to get something for Stastny while I still can.
Stastny, 27, has 12 points (five goals) in 20 games this season, with a minus-5. He has one power-play goal. While it's true he has scored at least 20 goals his last three seasons, his point totals in those years declined from 79 to 57 to 53. He seems tired with this team, a guy who looks like he could use a fresh start somewhere else. The Avs have missed the playoffs four of the last six seasons with him as one of their top two centers.
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