According to TSN Insider Bob McKenzie, the Colorado Avalanche offered Paul Stastny a multi-year deal a couple of weeks ago. Talks are expected to resume soon as the two sides hope to come to an agreement before July 1, at which point Stastny would become an unrestricted free agent. Stastny has already stated that he loves playing in Denver and would be willing to accept a hometown discount to stay with the club. Stastny made $6.6 million last season. He scored 60 points in 71 regular season games and 10 points in seven postseason games.
Also, according to McKenzie, the Avs are shopping winger P.A. Parenteau. Parenteau has two years left on a $4 million per year deal that doesn’t include a no trade clause. Parenteau battled injuries last season and only posted 33 points in 55 games. In the playoffs, he had three points in seven games. Parenteau’s name came up during the past seasons NHL trade deadline, but the Avs held on to him.
Thoughts: It’s going to be an interesting couple of weeks in Denver. I believe the Avs and Stastny will somehow get a deal done. Expect the numbers to come in around $5.5-6 million per year. With a complicated Ryan O’Reilly situation, which could see him traded this offseason, Stastny’s value to the team only increases. As for Pareanteau, the writing appears to be on the wall there. It’s a shame because he had a strong first season with the Avs (43 points in 48 games) but injuries really did him in last year and his defense is lacking. The Avs won’t just give him away, but my guess is they’ll look to make a “hockey trade” that also allows saves them money ala the Matt Cooke for Steve Downie deal.