Stastny could be moved before trade deadline

KUSA - With the NHL trading deadline coming Wednesday, there are reports that Colorado center Paul Stastny could be moved if he and the team don't look like they could come to terms on a new contract.

Stastny's current deal expires after this season. He would become an unrestricted free agent if he's not signed to an extension with the Avs.

Monday after practice, Stastny said he is happy in Colorado, but also glad he's not involved in contract talks. Before this season, he talked with his agent about his goals, and he's left it at that.

"You want to stay where you're wanted. If you're not wanted, you don't want to force yourself somewhere. It's an important decision," Stastny said. "You look at it one way and sometimes you go with your heart, and sometimes you have to take a step back and go with your head and see what's best for you.

"It's something that I don't deal with, that's the business side. That's why you have an agent. They deal with stuff like that. If things get important, you'll talk to him. If you don't hear much, then you don't hear anything."

Stastny said some of his requirements are being on a successful team that has a blueprint for winning in the next two to three years. He turned 28 in December, and the seventh-year pro out of the University of Denver knows getting a title gets more difficult as you get older.

"You can have as much fun as you want, but when you get to a certain age it's all about winning. You don't play this game just to go out there and put up points. You play this game to win," he said. "It's a team game. You want to win the Stanley Cup, and that's what it's all about. That's what it is for all the hard work in the summers. As you get older, you realize it gets harder and harder."

Stastny, who is getting married in the summer, said Denver is a "great place" and he's having fun and clicking with the team. The Avs are pretty secure in advancing to the playoffs this season after a three-year drought. Colorado plays Tuesday at Chicago and Thursday at Dallas before three at home.

Four of the Avs' next six games are against teams ahead of them in the Western Conference standings.

"We have a good team here, great group of guys," he said. "I think it's always important to see when you have players locked up whether they're core players or role players, because then you keep building as a team. ... Those are little things that you see on winning teams."


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