Apr 30, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Avalanche center Paul Stastny (26) reacts to his goal against the Minnesota Wild in the third period in game seven of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Paul Stastny to test free agent waters

Paul Stastny is still a member of the Colorado Avalanche, but that could change next week. Set to be an unrestricted free agent, it appears that Stastny will “see what’s out there” in terms of offers from other teams. Starting today, teams are allowed to talk to impending free agents, but can’t make them a formal offer until July 1st. There is plenty of interest in Stastny, a strong two-way center coming off a 25-goal, 60-point season. Stastny made $6.6 million last year and he could likely fetch that much, if not more, on the open market.

Avalanche VP of Hockey Operations Joe Sakic met with Stastny’s agent Matt Keator earlier this week and called the talks, “good.” Even though Stastny will listen to other teams, he’s made a vow to the Avalanche that they’ll have a chance to match any offer that might come his way.

Thoughts: I wouldn’t freak out just yet Avalanche fans. I know there are reports out there that say the Blues, Wild, Rangers, etc… all have interest in Stastny, but let’s be honest: all 30 teams in the league have interest in a player like Stastny. But not all 30 teams have the cap room or the roster space to fit him in. The fact that the Avs will have the last offer is good news. I can’t imagine the organization letting him go to a division rival like the Wild or Blues without matching the offer. Maybe they won’t do the same if Stastny wants to play in the east, but I’d be shocked if he ends up with a team that the Avs will see five times a year and could easily see in the playoffs. It’s definitely going to be an interesting week.

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