Paul Stastny is currently playing under now former Colorado Avalanche head coach Joe Sacco at the IIHF World Championships, as the captain of Team USA. While his focus is certainly on that, his future with the organization will be a hot topic this summer.
If things transpire as expected this offseason, then Sacco won’t be the only former member of the Avalanche involved with Team USA, as Stastny could soon join him. The future of Stastny has been in question for quite some time now, but this might finally be the time we see him dealt.
Stastny’s 2013 season could certainly be considered a disappointment, as nearly every player on this Avalanche roster could. He had 24 points in 40 games, which isn’t a terrible total, but only finished the season with nine goals. He finished the season on a seven-game goalless streak, his third streak of at least six games without a marker.
He wasn’t too much of an asset with the man advantage, finishing with only 10 points, including eight assists, on the power play. His faceoff percentage was strong though, as he finished with a 52 percent success rate at the dot. None of those numbers make him worth the $6.6 million cap hit that he carries.
The biggest reason that he isn’t worth the price for the Avs is the fact that they already have Matt Duchene and Ryan O’Reilly locked up in the middle. The upside of those two is much higher, meaning that Stastny doesn’t have a role as much more than a third line center heading into the future.
Even though Stastny isn’t necessarily worth the price for the Avalanche, and is coming off of a mighty disappointing season, he’ll still have value on the trade market. With an extremely thin free agent class, the Avs can take advantage and deal him. Such a move could improve any of their forward depth, defense, goaltending depth, draft picks, etc.
Bottom line: the Avalanche have a lot of work to do with this roster to get back to contention next season. Moving Stastny this summer helps to expedite that process.