It looks like Paul Stastny will be the fourth Avalanche player to sign in Europe. Reports are in that he has signed with EHC Red Bull Munchen in the DEL. EHC Munchen is Munich’s team, and sits in 12th place. I imagine they are hoping a playmaker like Stastny will invigorate their team, and push the team upwards in the standings. Stastny is signing at a good time, as the European National team break is just ending. This means that there will be actual updates on Duchene, Landeskog, and Varlamov again.
I don’t think we should get our hopes up with the NHL/NHLPA negotiations. Until they show us an actual schedule for teams, I’m not going to hold my breath for an NHL season. As such, Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, Frolunda HC, Djugarden, and EHC Munchen are my new favorite teams. Varls, Landy, and Dutchy have all been playing some pretty stellar hockey, and I imagine Stastny is going to be putting up some solid numbers too. Between these four, the Lake Erie Monsters, and the Denver Cutthroats, we should get our hockey fix. It’s not Avalanche hockey, but short of buying the Pepsi Center, and reaching contractual agreements with all of the players, we aren’t going to see our boys in burgundy and blue until the owners and the players’ association get on the same page.
Anyone want to guess, over/under 10, on the number of advertisements on Stastny’s new jersey?