It looks like the Paul Stastny era in Denver will officially come to an end on July 1st. After initially stating that he would take a “home town discount” to stay with the Colorado Avalanche organization, TSN’s Pierre LeBrun is now reporting that, “What (teams contacting Stastny) are being told by (Stastny’s) agent Matt Keator, is that he’s not going backwards from his current salary, which was $6.6 million.”
It’s highly unlikely that the Avs will meet those demands. They were hoping Stastny would accept a $6 million, if not less, deal as they didn’t want to pay him more than Matt Duchene, who just signed a 5-year deal that will pay him $6 million per season. As of yesterday, Stastny’s team will still give the Avs a chance to match any offer, but if the offer exceeds Stastny current $6.6 million deal, and it most likely will, don’t expect the Avs to match.
LeBrun also notes that at least 15 teams have contacted Stastny.
Thoughts: Things looked bleak yesterday when Paul Stastny declared that he was going to listen to other teams, but I still held out a little hope. It looks like that hope died today. If Stastny isn’t going to take a pay cut, he’s not going to be in an Avalanche uniform next season. I see both sides of the argument here. The Avs don’t want to pay Stastny more than Duchene or set the money bar even higher for Nathan MacKinnon and Stastny wants to get paid while he still can. It’s a terrible situation for all involved, including the fans, but hockey is a business and this is just another reminder of that.