April 21 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Avalanche center Paul Stastny (26) awaits for a face-off drop across from St. Louis Blues center Vladimir Sobotka (17) in the second period at the Pepsi Center. The Avalanche defeated the Blues 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Paul Stastny signs with St. Louis Blues

Paul Stastny has made his decision and he’s going home. Unfortunately, that home is to the St. Louis Blues.  Stastny agreed to a four-year, $28 million dollar contract with the Blues. That comes out to be a $7 million dollar per year deal. Stastny just finished up a contract that paid him $6.5 million over the last five years. Stastny’s deal also includes a no trade clause.

Stastny grew up in St. Louis, where his father Peter finished his career, and played high school hockey in the state.

The Colorado Avalanche hoped to retain Stastny, but wouldn’t match the money that the Blues gave him.

Stastny is going off a strong season, putting up 60 points in 71 games. He upped his game in the playoffs, scoring 10 points in 7 games. Stastny was drafted in 2005 by the Avalanche and has spent his entire career in the organization.

Thoughts: This one hurts, but not quite as much when you look at the numbers. Sorry, but there’s just no way that the Avs weren’t going to pay Paul Stastny $7 million per season. Throughout most of his five-year deal, people said Stastny was over-paid at $6.5 million. He’s coming off a good year, but does that warrant such a pay increase? Obviously the Avs didn’t think so. The Avs have to retain Ryan O’Reilly now. If they do, the loss of Stastny is greatly minimized.

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