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Paul Stastny | Center

Team: St Louis Blues
Age / DOB:  (28) / 12/27/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 205
College: Denver
Contract: view contract details

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Paul Stastny is excited to have an opportunity to win in the city where he spent most of his childhood.
"In the end, you just want to win," Stastny said. "You want to be comfortable in an area that you know away from hockey. What better area than going back home? For me, it's about winning and I look at this team, how good they are and how deep they are. I know in the last couple years, they've been that close. They could have beaten Chicago, Chicago could have easily beaten L.A. and been the Cup champions [this past season]. They had good battles with L.A. when L.A. won (in 2012 and 2013). It's so hard to win. That's what you're really looking at, is looking at the best chance to win with a good group of guys and I think that's what we have here." He signed a four-year, $28 million deal with the Blues on the first day of free agency and is slated to be the club's top center this season. Aug 26 - 9:01 PM

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St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock likes to remind people the team added more than just Paul Stastny over the summer.

Speaking about the Blues' offseason acquisitions, Hitchcock was quick to compliment the other new members of the team, saying " was a combination of (Joakim) Lindstrom, (Jori) Lehtera and Paul. These are three point-producing players who really enhance our hockey club. All three are capable of playing top-six roles. Paul is a real good fit for us with the way he plays and the way we play. Lehtera is a real good fit, and we feel like Lindstrom has really improved his game. He has a number of good friends on the hockey club and he's going to be given a real chance to play in the top nine and see where it goes." It's hard to envision Lindstrom or Lehtera taking on a significant role of the power play for St. Louis, but both could have value in deeper formats.
Jul 6 - 1:34 PM

Paul Stastny will be the third member of his family to play for the St. Louis Blues.

His father, Peter, finished his Hall of Fame career with the Blues in 1994-95 and his older brother, Yan, was in the organization from 2006-2010. "As my family, you always have insight," Paul said. "I was all ears during this process, I always listen to what they have to say. In the end it's my decision and (but) I think they're both excited. Family still lives in St. Louis. They think it's a good decision." GM Doug Armstrong thinks Stastny could work on a line with David Backes and Alex Steen. St. Louis will have some line tinkering to do at training camp.
Jul 2 - 10:55 AM

Paul Stastny has signed a four-year, $28 million with the Blues.

He was the top free agent on the market and the Blues really improved themselves with the signing of Stastny. Speculation is that he will be the team's top center moving David Backes to more-suited second-line role. T.J. Oshie will likely team with Stastny as they played together on the U.S. Olympic team. Look for Stastny to anchor the Blues' power play and register close to a point-per game this upcoming season.
Jul 1 - 12:37 PM

Paul Stastny's agent didn't want to rule out the possibility of his client re-signing with the Avalanche even as the start of the free agent period looms.

At this point it would be mildly surprising if Stastny re-signed with Colorado. The Avalanche have made it very clear that they want Stastny back, but only if he is willing to sign within their parameters and from the outside looking in, it wouldn't be surprising if they end up getting outbid. Assuming Stastny is still unsigned by noon, he will be one of the top unrestricted free agents on the market.
Source: Denver Post
Jul 1 - 8:51 AM

After a long set of negotiations, the Avalanche and Paul Stastny were unable to reach an agreement on a new contract.

It's been expected all along that Stastny wanted to test the waters as a free agent on July 1st, but the Avs reportedly tried hard to convince him to stay. As one of the top available players on the open market, expect the suitors to be lined up on Tuesday.
Jun 30 - 8:18 PM

As the Avalanche and Paul Stastny continue to talk about a contract that would keep the talented pivot in Colorado, several teams have expressed their interest in the pending UFA's services.

The Jets, Wild and Blues were said to be three suitors. Now you can add the Stars into the mix according to NBC's and TSN's Pierre McGuire. This should be interesting as we approach the July 1st free agency period.
Source: Denver Post
Jun 28 - 12:33 PM

The Winnipeg Jets and Chicago Blackhawks have reportedly entered into the Paul Stastny sweepstakes.

Stastny has been a popular player during the window shopping period prior to the start of the free agency, but a lot of teams may not be able to meet his price point. Stastny's camp is reportedly informing interested parties that he doesn't want to make less than the $6.66 million a year he earned in his last five seasons with Colorado.
Jun 26 - 4:31 PM

The St. Louis Blues are among the teams looking into signing Paul Stastny.

Stastny won't be an unrestricted free agent until July 1, but thanks to the new CBA, teams can already talk to him. The Blues have also been tied to the Jason Spezza trade rumor mill and they might feel like getting Stastny would be the better option given that they wouldn't have to sacrifice any prospect. Stastny is testing the market, but still regards the Colorado Avalanche as his first choice.
Jun 25 - 2:13 PM

Paul Stastny wants to test the free agent market, according to Avalanche executive vice president Joe Sakic.

That doesn't necessarily mean that Stastny's tenure with Colorado is done. In fact, it looks like Stastny is willing to give the Avalanche the opportunity to match another team's offer if he's close to signing elsewhere. That being said, the Avalanche seem to have a specific cap hit in mind for Stastny and so far it doesn't look like the team is willing to get into a bidding war to keep him.
Source: Denver Post
Jun 25 - 8:37 AM

Avalanche executive vice president of hockey operations Joe Sakic isn't sure if the team will be able to sign Paul Stastny before July 1.

Both sides will continue to talk leading into free agency, though. "We'll meet with the Avs this week," said Stastny's agent Matt Keator on Monday. "Had some good talks, and we will see where it goes." The 28-year-old center would probably find it much easier to get the money he wants in free agency, but he has expressed an interest in staying in Colorado.
Source: Denver Post
Jun 24 - 3:04 PM

Agent Matt Keator said that Paul Stastny's preference is to re-sign with the Avalanche.

Colorado's executive vice president Joe Sakic wants the same thing, but cautioned that he won't overpay to make that happen. "We will keep talking with Joe throughout the process and give them every chance to retain Paul," Keator said. "We will meet next week and see where things go." Stastny scored 25 goals and 60 points in 81 games in 2013-14.
Jun 20 - 3:27 PM

Paul Stastny and the Avalanche are expected to engage in serious contract talks next week.

"We're hopeful we can sign Stastny.....but if he chooses to go to (FA), that's his right," said Colorado's Executive Vice President of hockey operations Joe Sakic. Negotiations between the two sides looks like it could go down to the wire, which may end up in Stastny heading to another team via free agency on July 1.
Jun 19 - 4:14 PM

Paul Stastny was reportedly offered a multi-year contract from Colorado a couple of weeks ago.

The two sides haven't spoken since then, but they expected to come together soon and it could come later this week. Stastny' agent, Matt Keator, reportedly wasn't looking to start contract negotiations with the Avalanche until this Friday anyway, according to a report from the Denver Post.
Jun 16 - 4:22 PM

Paul Stastny's agent, Matt Keator, reportedly isn't looking to start up the contract negotiations with the Avalanche until June 20.

In other words, he'd like to push this process close to the start of the unrestricted free agent period to put pressure on the Avalanche. Colorado would ideally like to bring Stastny back, but the team's already deep up the middle so they might be able to spend that money more effectively elsewhere. He had 25 goals and 60 points in 71 contests in 2013-14.
Source: Denver Post
Jun 8 - 9:35 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1David Backes
2Paul Stastny
3Patrik Berglund
4Jori Lehtera
5Colin Fraser
6Maxim Lapierre
LW1Alexander Steen
2Jaden Schwartz
3Magnus Paajarvi
4Joakim Lindstrom
5Steve Ott
6Peter Mueller
RW1T.J. Oshie
2Vladimir Tarasenko
3Chris Porter
4Ryan Reaves
D1Alex Pietrangelo
2Kevin Shattenkirk
3Jay Bouwmeester
4Barret Jackman
5Chris Butler
6Carl Gunnarsson
7Jordan Leopold
8Ian Cole
G1Brian Elliott
2Jake Allen