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Will The Avalanche Trade Paul Stastny By Wednesday If Still Unsigned?

from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

While the Avs cannot justify importing expensive rentals, as they could in the days of Ray Bourque, Theo Fleury and Rob Blake, neither can they be stuck in the situation of having essentially their own rental player on the roster beyond Wednesday in the form of top players with expiring contracts.

That's where it could get interesting with a player such as Paul Stastny. While the Avs would like to re-sign as many players in the last year of their contracts as they can, Stastny's situation is trickier because of his potential status as an unrestricted free agent July 1.

If the Avs can't reach agreement on a new deal by Wednesday — or lack the confidence they can sign him at some point before July 1 — it is possible Stastny could be traded. The worst of all worlds for the Avs would be to lose a top player such as Stastny for nothing on the unrestricted free-agent market this summer....

The Avs would not comment on any ongoing negotiations with Stastny toward a new contract, and Stastny's agent, Matt Keator, did not respond for comment. If Stastny is dealt, Avs fans can probably expect a young defenseman in return, someone who can play 20-25 minutes per night, someone with time still left on his existing deal or, if not, restricted free-agent status — but not unrestricted.

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MoreShoot's avatar

Kenny.  Call me up.  Offer Weiss and Kindl/Lashoff for Stastny. Then Get Stastny signed.

Posted by MoreShoot on 03/02/14 at 11:35 AM ET

Hootinani's avatar

If that is Stastny’s going rate, Holland better get off his ass
and start working the phones.  Hes about the only forward worth going after at this deadline.

Posted by Hootinani on 03/02/14 at 12:52 PM ET

MoreShoot's avatar

and well worth going after IMHO.

Posted by MoreShoot on 03/02/14 at 12:56 PM ET

alwaysaurie's avatar

...  neither can they be stuck in the situation of having essentially their own rental player on the roster beyond Wednesday in the form of top players with expiring contracts.

If Colorado thinks this they don’t deserve to have a Cup run. Of course Colorado can afford to keep Stasny for the playoff run.

Should Chicago have gotten rid of Niemi & Andrew Ladd in Spring of 2010?

Posted by alwaysaurie on 03/02/14 at 04:44 PM ET

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Should Chicago have gotten rid of Niemi & Andrew Ladd in Spring of 2010?

No, because both Ladd and Niemi were going to be RFAs at the end of the season, not UFAs.  Completely different situation.

Posted by Garth on 03/02/14 at 06:28 PM ET

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