With the St. Louis Blues having huge interest in Paul Stastny what will Colorado do?
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When it comes down to it, the loss of a Centre is not really that big a deal to Colorado, they have an unbelievable amount of depth that no other team in the NHL has. Stastny would be a huge blow speaking of chemistry between Landeskog, MacKinnon and himself, but not something that cant be formed with another player.
Is looking for a replacement that big of a deal? I don't think so. I believe the Avalanche could benefit long term by the loss of Paul. This would free up between 5-6 million that would go to Paul, giving the Avalanche the 1-2 million extra to sign O'Reilly long term. It also gives them options to sign a winger that could be far more beneficial than a centre playing wing.
Let us stop hopping Paul stays an start looking at what we could sign? A few wingers are out there but they want the kind of money that Stastny wants so maybe not so much of an option with out cap space changes. Trades may be a larger picture for Colorado especially with speculation they could be interested in a guy like Loui Eriksson. Who would they trade?Well Boston has made a few trades with Colorado for Defensemen, most notably Johnny Boychuk. Maybe they are looking at a Stefan Elliott, Duncan Siemens, Chris Bigras? I personally wouldn't want to give any of them up but if we want to stay in "structure" Elliott is first to go. Eriksson for Elliot and a conditional 1st round pick? Conditions being Avs making it to lets say the second round of the playoffs.
Honestly this feels like a far better option in the long term than praying Stastny stays for x amount of dollars for a 2-3 year deal that sees him leave any way. Only reason I say 2-3 years is because if Stastny were to take a pay cut for it to benefit him short term would make sense, try us out if we lose he goes if we win he got what he wants and goes.
In all, making a trade for a winger with an already set salary for a couple years would be far better than signing a guy that wants way more than can be given. Eriksson trade would open up cap space for Boston that they are in serious need of - especially if we trade prospects with low end money contracts. In the draft Colorado takes a few wingers, making Brendan Lemieux a decent choice (unless there are "better" left) in the first round and signing a decent UFA defensemen.
Congrats to; Patrick Roy, Ryan O'Reilly, Nathan MacKinnon and Semyon Varlamov on their nominations at the NHL Awards and for a 3 of 4 trophies captured.
Do you see the Avs making a trade or just trying for a UFA? Thoughts, Ideas, questions about this post let me know! Enjoy your evening as Draft day is just around the corner!
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