Paul Stastny: should he be traded?

After reading the results of a poll taken by our friends over at Mile High Hockey, it seems there is a sizable segment of the Avalanche fan base that wouldn’t mind seeing Paul Stastny traded for a player like Bobby Ryan of Anaheim.

Fact is, Ryan has made it very clear he’s not happy in Anaheim anymore. He’s a left winger, and the Avs need a left winger to fill a hole vacated by Peter Mueller. P.A. Parenteau, the more I’ve talked to him and others, is a right wing who isn’t going to feel all that comfortable if asked to play on the left side. He’d do it I’m sure, but he’s just much more comfortable on the right side.

I still don’t think Stastny will be traded yet, though. I could be proven wrong on that, but if the Avs were offering him around for a player like Ryan, I bet Anaheim would have already made that deal by now. To me, Anaheim would be foolish not to take Stastny if offered for Ryan. They need a center quite badly, and they can afford his $6.6 million cap hit. To pass up a player of his caliber for an unhappy Ryan would be just plain stupid.

My sense is that teams call the Avs and inquire about Stastny from time to time, but that the Avs are highly reluctant to move him. As much as he has frustrated fans with his up-and-down play the last couple of years, the fact remains: he’s still only 26, he’s scored 20 or more goals in three straight seasons and five of the six in his career. The only season he didn’t, 2007-08, he missed 37 games with injuries. He has 374 points in 427 career games.

6 Responses to Paul Stastny: should he be traded?

  1. SabresFan220 says:

    Several teams are supposedly speaking to the Aves about Stastny, and the Sabres may be one of them. I have heard that the Aves are very interested in Drew Stafford and would part with Stastny for him. The Sabres would need to drop more salary for the deal to work, and replace Stafford in their lineup, which could be done with a separate deal. I’ve also read about having discussions with Vancouver about Mason Raymond, a smart way to replace Stafford if he’s moved.

    • Steven_Leafs0 says:

      Sabres have 9M in cap space, taking on another 2.6M in a Stastny for Stafford type deal wont hurt them much. I think for the Sabres to get Stastny they would have to give up a lot more than Stafford though IMO.

      Something like:



      2013 1st round pick

      Buffalo might not want to do it but I think anything less would prevent Colorado from pulling the trigger.

      Personally I think Anaheim would be a great spot for Stastny. With Ryan wanting out the door Anaheim would really clean up, get the 2nd line center they desperately need and if Getzlaf doesn’t look like he is going to re-sign, Stastny can replace him on the first line (it also opens Anaheim up to a Getzlaf to Toronto trade for my fellow Leafs fans).

      Something like:

      2013 1st round pick



      or something along those lines. Anaheim gets the center they need, an upgrade to their defensive unit, and a solid bottom 6 forward in McGinn along with a 1st for Ryan. Colorado gets a 1st line power forward and end up with a lineup of:

      Parenteau – Duchene – Ryan
      Landeskog – O’Reilly – Jones/Hejduk

      pretty solid.

      • SabresFan220 says:

        Giving up Ennis in the process of getting Stastny makes the move utterly pointless from a Buffalo standpoint. Colorado doesn’t want to spend more money than they have to, so flipping Stastny for Stafford makes a lot more sense for them. It’s questionable whether the Sabres even need another center, unless he’s a 3rd line center which Stastny is not. If Grigorenko makes the team it would be as 3rd line center because Ennis and Hodgson need to play top 6 minutes.

  2. leafmeister says:

    I like Burke’s move so far this off-season. Especially Schenn for JVR; that trade has the potential to be better than Beauchemin for Lupul/Gardiner if JVR becomes a top 6 force at 4.2 million for the next 7 years.

    Here is how I think the rest of the off-season will play out.

    MacArthur, Kadri, Blacker, 2014 2nd for Paul Stastny

    Rynnas, Ashton, 2013 3rd for Luongo

    Next year:

    Lupul – Stastny – Kessel
    JVR – Grabovski – Kulemin
    Lombardi – McClement – Frattin
    Brown – Steckel – Ashton

    Phaneuf – Gunnarsson
    Gardiner – Franson
    Liles – Komisarek


    Enough to save Burke his job?

    • mojo19 says:

      That team will be mildly competitive for 2 or 3 years, then we’ll have to break it down, and start over. No thanks.

      • leafmeister says:

        It is not ideal, but I think Burke will manage to pull of something to save his job.

        Ideally; I would try and unload non-core pieces for 2013 1sts and hope to take a shot at MacKinnon, Jones, Monahan, Barkov etc.

        Calgary is a team I would look to exploit. They are refusing to rebuild, and throwing them a Grabo/Mac package might be able to get an extra 1st in the right deal.

        Then; maybe with Anaheim struggling and losing core pieces Perry and Getzlaf decide to test free agency next year.

        Give them matching 7 year, 54 million avg. 7.7. If they cost more then so be it.


        Perry – Getzlaf – Kessel
        Lupul – Monahan – JVR
        Frattin – McClement – Kulemin
        Ross – Steckel – Ashton

        Phaneuf – Franson
        Gardiner – Rielly
        Gunnarsson – Blacker


        Of course, that would require no playoffs in 2013, which means Burke will probably be given the axe. That may or may not affect our chances at getting Getzlaf/Perry. They may be willing to sign with their old GM and coach for a chance to cement their place as gods in Toronto. (I don’t know if that is a motivation for players; as it is usually the opposite feeling that if they fail they will become whipping boys; but make no mistake; a cup winning team in Toronto would be god-tier in the eyes of the people)

        A new GM would probably be more willing to offer competitive contracts.

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