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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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Time To Move Paul Stastny

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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Avalanche Should Move Paul Stastny

from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,

Hey, didn’t you used to be the Colorado Avalanche? If the forgotten team in Denver sports wants back in the conversation and back in the Stanley Cup playoffs, start here: Trade center Paul Stastny.

We look at the Avs now and yawn. This is not all Stastny’s fault….

What Colorado needs is a rock-solid goalie the Avs have been missing since Patrick Roy walked out that door eight long years ago.

So how does trading Stastny for Los Angeles goalie Jonathan Quick strike you?

Should the Kings, definitely in the market for a top-level forward, be reluctant to part with Quick, then maybe they would deal Jonathan Bernier, a former first-round draft choice who has shown great potential.

If Avalanche general manager Greg Sherman has not already been on the telephone with Kings management, then he should consider this the best free advice received all year.

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Stastny Not Earning His Money?

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

The numbers really aren’t bad at all. 20 games for Paul Stastny this season, 18 points, and his team is in first place. Nearly a point a game in the modern NHL is good, no matter how you slice it.

But we all know it hasn’t quite been what we expected from No. 26. The heightened expectations that come with a guy getting the big dollars create these kinds of criticisms here. Yeah, 18 points in 20 games is fine and all, but for a guy making $6.6 million this year and the following four?

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updated 2:55pm, As a KK member noted, story not there. 

Dater has done this in the past and he should really explain why the story has been pulled, but he doesn’t.

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All Paul Stastny

from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

SN: How would you explain your team’s fast start overall?

Stastny: I think we’re just four lines playing with confidence. Everyone is playing well from all our defensemen — starting with our goaltending, from the back end to the front end. Our special teams are big. We’re killing well and have a good power play. Any time you’re doing that, you’re giving yourself a chance to win.

SN: Honestly, have you been surprised by the strong start?

Stastny: Yeah, you never know. You look at the schedule at the beginning of the season, you tell yourself you can win some of these, you could lose some of these. We’ve played some pretty good teams. There are no easy games these days….

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Paul Stastny’s Time

from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

He’s just a kid to some, but Stastny is the Avs’ highest-paid player and the one the Avs will most rely on in the 2009-10 season, which starts Thursday. That’s OK. Stastny is used to growing up fast.

“It comes with the territory. I know what’s expected of me here, but I expect as much or more from myself,” he said. “We’ve got a younger team now, and I know I need to be an example to some of the younger guys. But I’m excited about it. I got to learn from some great players before me, so I hope to do some of the same things to other guys.”

Stastny will start the first year of a five-year, $33 million contract this season. He is eager to prove he’s worth the money and to make people forget about last season. Injuries limited him to 45 games, and he had the worst point production (11 goals, 36 points) of his three-year career.

“I think everyone wants to kind of throw away last year, but at the same time remember how bad it was and use it as a reminder we don’t want it to be that way again,” he said. “I learned a lot last year, even though I didn’t play much.”

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Stastny Out Again

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that center Paul Stastny will miss 2-4 weeks due to a broken foot. 

“A CT scan taken yesterday (March 24) revealed the fracture in his foot,” said Avalanche team physician Dr. Andrew Parker.

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Stastny Takes A Puck To The Forearm, Suffers Fracture

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Sakic, Svatos, Salei, now Stastny. Last year, it was Sakic, Smyth, Stastny, Svatos, Sauer and Skrastins.

All of the above Avs S-Men have suffered some serious injuries in the past 12 months, but tonight was a real killer.

Thanks to Brett Clark’s penalty with 1:33 left in regulation (and I’m not throwing Clarkie under the bus for causing Stastny’s injury here, just stating a fact), Stastny had to do penalty-killing duty with the Coyotes on a 6-on-4, and because of that, he was in the way of Olli Jokinen’s big slap shot that fractured his forearm.

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Colorado Signs Stastny

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that it has signed 22-year-old center Paul Stastny to a five-year contract extension beginning with the 2009-2010 season.

“Paul has clearly established himself as one of the bright young stars emerging in our game today,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President & General Manager Francois Giguere. “At a young age, he’s demonstrated tremendous skill, vision and composure on the ice and is recognized as one of the most complete players in our league.

“We’re pleased that Paul will remain with the Colorado Avalanche franchise long-term. This is another sign of our ownership’s commitment to winning.”

added 9:07pm, CBC reporting deal is for $33M.

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Stastny Hurts Shoulder

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Paul Stastny came off the ice early today, with his right shoulder sagging and clearly in pain. The Avs’ lone all star from last year had a collision during a scrimmage (not sure who he collided with yet or the exact circumstances), but Stastny immediately headed for the dressing room, clearly favoring his shoulder….

The Avs are calling Stastny’s injury just a “contusion”, and don’t believe it’s anything serious. But as we all know, sometimes things have a way of not turning out the way the Avs first say it is, when it comes to injuries.

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Stastny Close to Returning for the Avs

From Rick Sadowski at the Rocky Mountain News,

Avalanche center Paul Stastny practiced for the second day in a row this morning and said he felt fine, but he won’t play tonight against the San Jose Sharks at the HP Pavilion.

But Stastny, who underwent an appendectomy Jan. 17, is optimistic about returning to the lineup for Saturday’s game in Vancouver against the Canucks.

“Hopefully, after I skate for two more days, I’ll be ready Saturday,” he said. “It doesn’t feel any different, to tell you the truth. It feels good. Everything is good. I don’t feel any different than I did before I had the surgery.”

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Avs Lose Stastny For 2-3 Weeks

from the Colorado Avalanche,

The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that forward Paul Stastny will miss approximately two to three weeks after undergoing surgery this afternoon to remove his appendix.

“Paul experienced some pain in his abdominal area today,” said Avalanche Head Athletic Trainer Matthew Sokolowski. “Further examination by our medical staff following practice determined he needed the procedure. We expect him to fully recover in two to three weeks.”

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Step-Up Time For Stastny

from Ryan Kennedy at the Hockey News,

Without a serious goaltending pedigree in town, Colorado’s playoff hopes – which looked practically radiant in the summer – now fall on the shoulders of one happy-go-lucky fellow: Paul Stastny.

Sure, the Avs get solid contributions from the likes of veterans Andrew Brunette and Milan Hejduk, but it is Stastny who leads the team in points by a wide margin (44 to Hejduk’s 30) and Stastny who has the highest ceiling for stardom.

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No Jinx For Paul Stastny

from Terry Frei at ESPN,

Even the Avalanche, Stastny and his family projected him to at least start last season in the minors. But Steve Konowalchuk’s career-ending heart irregularity, among other things, opened up a roster spot. And Stastny quickly took advantage of it.

“I try to consider myself a playmaker,” Stastny said. “Those are genes that come from your dad and your family, and I have some of those genes for things that can’t be taught. Playing with better players makes it that much easier for me. If this were only an individual game, I’d be in big trouble, I think. When you’re playing with smart players like this, they’re reading what you’re reading and you know what they’re thinking. It makes it that much more of a simple game.”

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Paul Stastny Conference Call Transcript

From the press conference call held earlier today with the Colorado Avalanche’s Paul Stastny —one of the NHL’s Stars of the Week.

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Q. It’s always hard to predict how a young player coming out of U.S. college makes the adjustment to the NHL. Some take a long time and some take a very short period of time. Can you pinpoint why there doesn’t seem to have been the steep learning curve that some young players have had, why it seems to have gone so relatively smoothly for you? PAUL STASTNY: I don’t know if it was quick. But I was in college for two years. And so when I came up, I was already 20, 21. Pretty mature for my age, and it was easier for me, maybe because I was a little smarter.  Some of the things you can’t teach I got from my dad. Playing with better players I think makes it a lot easier for me, just knowing that you can give and go. They think the way I do and it makes it that much easier.

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Play Of The Night

Paul Stastny’s 3rd goal last night earned him the “NHL Play of the Night”.

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The Right Time for Stastny

From Mike Chambers at the Denver Post,

In the past year, Avalanche center Paul Stastny has gone from a longshot to make the team to an emerging NHL star. Credit his genes, or the opportunity he was given because of injuries, but good luck finding anyone who thinks Stastny made a mistake by forgoing his final two years at the University of Denver.

In hindsight, even Pioneers coach George Gwozdecky believes Stastny, the son of Hockey Hall of Famer Peter Stastny, made the right move turning pro in July 2006.

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