While his name hasn't been floated around like Thomas Vanek, Ryan Callahan or any of the big names available at the trade deadline, Paul Stastny is in a somewhat similar situation. He is a free agent after this season, leaving the Colorado Avalanche to ponder their options if they should trade him or risk losing him for nothing.
It doesn't sound as if they are interested in trading away the center and fortunately for them, he doesn't sound like he's interested in leaving in free agency either. That's if they'll have him back, of course.
Stastny might help make that seem like a more appealing option. The 28-year-old is carrying a cap hit of $6.6 million but that could change next season as Stastny said he might be willing to give the Avs the old hometown discount.
"Everybody knows how the business works," Stastny said. "You can obviously go somewhere and get more money somewhere else. But if you have something good and you want to stick with it, that hometown discount is obviously something that everyone's aware of and is important to do. You want both sides to be happy. You don't want to [mistreat] the team and you want the team to be put in a good situation where they can kind of compete down the road as well."
Even if he's a little high-priced, certainly there must be interst in keeping Stastny. He has 19 goals and 27 assists this season in 55 games and represented Team USA in Sochi. At 28 his contract will carry him through the back half of his most productive seasons as well.
Willingness to give a hometown discount or not, though, that doesn't mean he's going to re-sign. That's why according to Adrian Dater, the Avs are still getting phone calls.
Avs getting lots of calls from teams. Gonna be an interesting next 24 hours on Stastny— Adrian Dater (@adater) March 4, 2014
The Avalanche have a lot of room under the cap and are not a team that would be labled a seller but they have a lot of extensions coming up in the next couple of seasons.