|Assets:||Like his father, Peter, he owns tremendous playmaking acumen and two-way skills. An excellent passer with good vision, he's especially good in traffic. Solidly built, he usually plays bigger than his 6-0 frame and displays a mature attitude.|
|Flaws:||Has the burden of constant comparisons with his father, which can be difficult to deal with. Needs to stay focused and gritty on a consistent basis to be at his best. Must become a more reliable producer and better game in, game out.|
|Career Potential:||Excellent playmaking center.|
|NHL||Named to play in the NHL All-Star Game||2010-11 (injury replacement), 2007-08 (Injured)|
|WCHA||Rookie of the Year||2004-05|
|NCAA||Frozen Four All-Tournament Team||2004-05|
|Olympic Silver Medal||2010 (USA)|
|11/30/2013||Missed 2 games (back spasms).|
|11/27/2013||Back spasms, day-to-day.|
|4/10/2013||Missed 8 games (foot injury).|
|4/01/2013||Foot injury, injured reserve.|
|3/27/2013||Foot injury, day-to-day.|
|11/15/2012||Signed with EHC Munchen (Germany).|
|12/13/2011||Missed 3 games (upper body injury).|
|12/09/2011||Upper body injury, injured reserve.|
|12/06/2011||Upper body injury, day-to-day.|
|4/10/2011||Missed the last 5 regular season games (right leg injury).|
|4/03/2011||Right leg injury, remainder of the regular season.|
|3/16/2011||Missed 1 game (back injury).|
|3/12/2011||Back injury, day-to-day.|
|1/06/2011||Missed 1 game (flu).|
|12/19/2010||Missed 1 game (back injury).|
|12/17/2010||Back injury, day-to-day.|
|4/12/2009||Missed the last 11 games of the regular season (foot injury).|
|3/19/2009||Foot injury, day-to-day.|
|2/24/2009||Missed 26 games (broken left arm).|
|12/24/2008||Broken left arm, late February.|
|11/17/2008||Signed by the Colorado Avalanche to a five-year contract extension.|
|5/01/2008||Missed Game 4 of Round Two against the Detroit Red Wings (knee injury).|
|4/30/2008||Knee injury, day-to-day.|
|3/22/2008||Missed 1 game (flu).|
|2/22/2008||Missed 15 games (appendicitis and groin).|
|7/24/2006||Signed by the Colorado Avalanche to a multi-year contract.|
|7/30/2005||Drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in the 2nd round (44th overall) in 2005.|
Paul Stastny having fun with new Avalanche | 12/08/2013 9:34 AM
NewsPaul Stastny is having far more fun this season than he's had with Colorado in a while.
Impact"In the past, if you wanted something to change, you'd be told, 'Look in the mirror first, you gotta play better,'" Stastny said. "Well, yeah, I understand that, but in the past it was players on one side and management on the other side and there wasn't much communication. We have more of a two-way street now." Not to mention the fact that they're 20-7-0 now and were 16-25-7 in the shortened campaign. Stastny's not ready to talk about his expiring contract, but his negotiations should be interesting, given that he's not likely to retain his annual salary of $6.6 million beyond this season. He has eight goals and 17 points in 25 games in 2013-14.
Avs will get Paul Stastny back on Saturday | 11/30/2013 4:41 PM
NewsPaul Stastny (back) will return to Colorado's lineup on Saturday night.
ImpactHe missed two games because of back spasms, which is apparently an injury he has been dealing with for some time. "I should be fine," Stastny said. "Just kind of a day-to-day thing acted up a little bit. I didn't want to push it and try to come back too early and not finish a game, so tonight will be good. [Back spasms are] something I've dealt with for awhile, so to me it's all about maintaining certain things away from the ice. Sometimes I've got to do better." Feel free to get him back in your lineup if you normally would.
Paul Stastny sits Wednesday with back injury | 11/28/2013 11:34 AM
NewsPaul Stastny sat out Wednesday's game due to back spams.
ImpactConsider him day-to-day for now. Stastny has eight goals and 17 points in 22 games this campaign.
Stastny leads Avalanche to win Tuesday | 11/20/2013 3:37 AM
NewsPaul Stastny scored a goal and registered an assist in Colorado's 5-1 win over Chicago Tuesday evening.
ImpactThe goal was Stastny's eighth of the season and 143rd of his NHL career, moving him past Dale Hunter into eighth place in franchise history. Stastny's assist gave him 415 points and moved him past Valeri Kamensky into sole possession of eighth place on that list. John Mitchell, Gabriel Landeskog, P.A Parenteau and Cody McLeod also scored for the Avalanche while Tyson Barrie and Max Talbot both added two helpers in the win.
Paul Stastny gets two goals in OT win | 11/02/2013 12:04 AM
NewsPaul Stastny scored twice in Colorado's 3-2 overtime win against Dallas.
ImpactGabriel Landeskog also found the back of the net on Friday. Nate Guenin, Jan Hejda, Nathan MacKinnon, Alex Tanguay, and Ryan Wilson each registered an assist for Colorado.
Two points for Paul Stastny in Avs' victory | 10/28/2013 12:30 AM
NewsPaul Stastny had a goal and an assist in the third period as the streaking Colorado Avalanche beat the Winnipeg Jets 3-2 on Sunday night.
ImpactMatt Duchene and Jan Hejda also scored and Gabriel Landeskog added two assists for the Avalanche. Under first-year coach Patrick Roy, Colorado is 10-1 for the second time in franchise history.
Paul Stastny not worried about contract talks | 10/25/2013 10:14 AM
NewsThere hasn't been any contract talks between pending UFA Paul Stastny and the Colorado Avalanche, according to agent Matt Keator.
Impact"Whether it's in the back of my mind or not, it's something you can't really worry about," said Stastny. "It's out of your control. If you're part of the solution, then you are. If you're not, you're not. I'm just having fun with this team right now and doing anything I can to help it win." He has one goal and four assists in nine games this season and could end up as trade bait before the year is over.
Paul Stastny gets insurance goal vs Sabres | 10/20/2013 9:54 AM
NewsPaul Stastny ended his season-opening seven-game goal scoring slump.
ImpactStastny added an insurance goal in Colorado's 4-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday. Although it's taken Stastny a little bit to find the back of the net in 2013-14, he does have a solid five points in eight games.
Paul Stastny hopes confidence leads to points | 09/13/2013 9:19 AM
NewsPaul Stastny believes he's a better player now than he was when he first started.
Impact"I think I'm way better than I was my first couple years," Stastny said. "Whether I've played with different guys or different systems, the numbers don't show it, but I feel better, that's the most important thing, and sometimes you've just got to get back to believing in yourself. I expect to be a point-a-game player when I'm playing with confidence." With all due respect to Stastny, his declining numbers over his past few seasons have not made him a better play in the eyes of fantasy hockey enthusiasts. They would probably prefer that he scored points at the same pace as he did during his first couple of seasons in the NHL. Coach Patrick Roy views Stastny as a leader on the team and he's interested to see what the Avs center can bring to the table. Stastny's contract is set to expire next summer, so he has plenty of motivation to become a reliable point producer again in 2013-14.
Paul Stastny not in rumored trade talks | 09/01/2013 1:29 PM
NewsAccording to the Denver Post, the recent trade speculation surrounding Paul Stastny is off base.
ImpactIt's been reported by various outlets that the Avs and Sabres have been discussing the possibility of swapping Stastny and goaltender Ryan Miller, but these are apparently nothing more than a fabrication. With both Stastny and Miller slated to become free agents at the end of the season, this deal would actually appear fair for both sides, which is probably why it won't happen.
Paul Stastny might end up as 'trade bait' | 08/06/2013 10:16 AM
NewsAdrian Dater of the Denver Post believes that Paul Stastny could end up as "trade bait" at some point this coming season.
ImpactThe Avalanche will convert Ryan O'Reilly to a winger in 2013-14 because they have Stastny, Matt Duchene and Nathan MacKinnon penciled in as their top three centers. O'Reilly and Stastny are both playing on expiring contracts, but O'Reilly will be a restricted free agent while Stastny could become unrestricted.
Roy would be 'surprised' if Avs moved Stastny | 06/26/2013 1:57 PM
NewsAvalanche coach Patrick Roy doesn't envision Colorado trading Paul Stastny.
Craig Custance on Twitter
Impact"I'd be very surprised if we move Paul," he said. If the Avs select Nathan MacKinnon first overall at the 2013 draft then they see him playing behind Matt Duchene and Stastny, with Ryan O'Reilly going to the wing. Stastny has one year left on his current contract before he can become an unrestricted free agent.
Paul Stastny hopes to lead Avs next season | 05/31/2013 5:52 AM
NewsPaul Stastny is hoping that his outstanding effort in the World Championships will carry over to the 2013-14 season.
ImpactStastny was the captain of the American team at the World Championships earlier this month and had seven goals and 15 points in 10 games to lead the United States to a bronze medal."I tried to be loose and have fun, and it was fun playing with a young team, no expectations," Stastny said. "It was an honor to have the captaincy, a little nerve-wracking at first, but I got back to playing like I want to play, and not getting too caught up in what people want me to do, and just worry about what makes me successful. And that's what happened. We play a different style there. More puck movement, little more offensive, guys jumping in the play with the give-and-go player that I am." Stastny had nine goals and 24 points in 40 games last season but look for him to hit the 60 point mark if he is able to play a full season. Draft him accordingly.
Paul Stastny excellent for USA at WHC | 05/20/2013 5:21 PM
NewsPaul Stastny notched seven goals and a team-high 15 points in 10 games for Team USA at the IIHF World Championship.
ImpactHe served as the Americans' captain for the tournament and his efforts helped the squad win the bronze medal. It was the United States' first medal since 2004 and their third overall since 1963. He has one year left on his current contract with the Avalanche and has been the subject of trade rumors before. Perhaps he increased his value if a team is looking to deal with the NHL draft on the horizon.
Paul Stastny leads USA over Russia at WHC | 05/16/2013 9:50 AM
NewsPaul Stastny notched two goals and two assists in a dominating 8-3 win over Russia to send the United States into the semifinals of the World Hockey Championship.
ImpactCraig Smith picked up five helpers in the contest, while Ryan Carter had a goal and an assist. David Moss, Alex Galchenyuk, Nate Thompson, T.J. Oshie and Jacob Trouba also scored for Team USA in the rout.
Paul Stastny makes case for Sochi at worlds | 05/07/2013 5:19 PM
NewsPaul Stastny scored a pair of goals in Team USA's 5-3 loss to Russia at the IIHF World Championships on Tuesday.
ImpactStastny was named captain of the team prior to the tournament and is one of several players on the roster trying to impress USA Hockey's brass ahead of the selection process for the Sochi Olympics. Unfortunately for Stastny, his two goals weren't enough on Tuesday as Ilya Kovalchuk and Yevgeni Medvedev helped Russia rally in the third period. The U.S. is back in action Wednesday against Finland.
Paul Stastny is Team USA's captain | 05/03/2013 2:55 PM
NewsPaul Stastny has been named the captain of Team USA in the 2013 IIHF World Championships.
ImpactJoe Sacco, who was the Colorado Avalanche's head coach until he was recently fired, will also be Stastny's bench boss for the tournament. Stastny had three goals and nine points in eight games with Team USA in 2012.
Paul Stastny joins Team USA | 04/26/2013 9:30 AM
NewsPaul Stastny will represent Team USA in the 2013 IIHF World Championships.
ImpactStastny has nine goals and 23 points in 38 games this season. Colorado Avalanche coach Joe Sacco will also be his bench boss in the tournament.
Paul Stastny scores in Colorado's 3-2 loss | 04/12/2013 4:24 AM
NewsPaul Stastny scored his ninth goal of the season in the Colorado Avalanche's 3-2 shootout loss.
ImpactIt's crazy to think of the promise that Stastny once showed in his first four seasons, totaling 264 points in his first 274 points. Now Stastny is a player with a first line price tag but third on the depth chart at the center position. He's an alright depth option because he has terrific vision but lacks the talent around him to capitalize on his talents. Look elsewhere if possible.
Paul Stastny will return to lineup Wednesday | 04/09/2013 4:09 PM
NewsCoach Joe Sacco said Paul Stastny (foot) will return to the lineup Wednesday night.
ImpactStastny practiced with the team Tuesday morning and appears ready to get back in the lineup and off injured reserve. Stastny has been sidelined since March 24 with a nagging foot injury and was originally only supposed to miss 10 days.
Paul Stastny to return to practice Tuesday | 04/09/2013 8:06 AM
NewsPaul Stastny (foot) will practice on Tuesday.
ImpactStastny will travel with the team on their two game road trip and could be back as early as Wednesday as he has been out since March 24. It was originally thought he would be out only 10 days but Wednesday will make it 17 days since his last appearance. He has eight goals and 19 points in 31 games this season.
Paul Stastny out Monday, possible Wednesday | 04/08/2013 4:18 PM
NewsPaul Stastny (foot) will not be available on Monday.
ImpactThe good news is that Stastny participated in the Avalanche's morning skate and will be back on the ice Tuesday. He's still a possibility for Wednesday's contest.
Paul Stastny could return on Monday | 04/08/2013 5:32 AM
NewsPaul Stastny (foot) could return to action as early as Monday.
ImpactBoth he and David Jones have been skating with the team and may be able to play against Calgary at home Monday. He has missed the last seven games and has eight goals and 19 points in 31 games thus far, a disappointing total for the offensively talented Stastny. Consider him a game-time decision Monday.
Avs move Paul Stastny to IR list | 04/01/2013 12:04 PM
NewsPaul Stastny (foot) has been placed on the injured reserve list.
Avalanche.nhl.com on Twitter
ImpactStastny has been out for more than a week anyways, so the Avalanche can activate him whenever they want. This move just clears up a spot on their roster.
Paul Stastny will not play on Monday | 04/01/2013 7:32 AM
NewsPaul Stastny (foot) and Ryan Wilson (ankle) did not travel to Detroit and will not be in the Colorado lineup Monday.
ImpactStastny could return to action later in the week while Wilson could be gone for a while. Just an FYI as both should have been taken out of your lineup.
Paul Stastny out 10 days with foot injury | 03/26/2013 7:22 AM
NewsPaul Stastny will be out of action for 10 days after suffering a bruised foot after blocking a shot Sunday.
ImpactIt happened in the first period and Stastny was unable to return to the ice. He has eight goals and 19 points in 31 games with a minus-11 rating. Reserve him for now if he is in your starting lineup.
Paul Stastny suffers foot injury Sunday | 03/25/2013 6:17 AM
NewsPaul Stastny suffered a foot injury in the first period Sunday and did not return.
ImpactStastny suffered the injury blocking a shot and while the Avs said that he would return, he never did. Stastny will get the foot re-examined Monday so stay tuned for further developments. He has eight goals and 19 points in 31 games with a minus-11 rating. Reserve him for now if he is in your starting lineup.
Stastny gets two points in Saturday's loss | 03/23/2013 11:04 PM
NewsPaul Stastny had a goal and an assist in a 5-2 defeat Saturday.
ImpactP.A. Parenteau scored a power-play goal at 19:05 of the second period. Ryan O'Reilly and John Mitchell each registered an assist in the losing effort.
Columnist: Avs should scratch Paul Stastny | 03/21/2013 10:13 AM
NewsColorado's Paul Stastny was a minus-2 with one shot on goal in the Avalanche's 4-3 win over the Dallas Stars Wednesday night and Denver Post hockey dude Adrian Dater thinks it's time for the veteran center to be a healthy scratch.
Impact"When does he get his wake-up call healthy scratch?" Dater writes. "I think he's been coddled a bit too much here, frankly. I don't mean that in as mean a way as it sounds. I just think that the Avs somehow think he's above reproach, and I don't see why. And if he's not going to score at all, at least he should pull his socks up and take a simple blocked shot for the team once in a while."
Stastny scores only goal for Avs in 2-1 loss | 03/05/2013 11:47 PM
NewsPaul Stastny scored Colorado's lone goal in a 2-1 loss at the hands of Detroit on Tuesday.
ImpactHis sixth goal of the season came late in the third period, but it wasn't enough for the Avalanche. P.A. Parenteau and Matt Hunwick had assists on Stastny's marker.
Columnist: Avs should move Paul Stastny | 03/04/2013 5:32 PM
NewsAdrian Dater of the Denver Post suggests the Avalanche should try to trade center Paul Stastny.
ImpactThe potential transaction would allow Ryan O'Reilly to rejoin the top-six forward group and it would prevent resurgent pivot Matt Duchene from having to convert to the wing again. Stastny has five goals and 12 points in 20 games this season and he's value is probably on the decline. He has gotten slightly over the 50-point plateau in the past two campaigns, but he managed to surpass the 70-point mark in three of his first four seasons. He is set to earn $6.6 million in 2013-14 as well, which could make him tougher to move as well.
Paul Stastny records two points Thursday | 03/01/2013 10:59 AM
NewsPaul Stastny had a goal and an assist on Thursday.
ImpactStastny now has five goals and 12 points in 19 games this season. All things considered, he was solid in the month of February, but he's certainly not living up to the nearly point-per-game numbers he posted in his early seasons.
Paul Stastny has gone cold - again | 02/27/2013 9:36 AM
NewsPaul Stastny has just one assist in his last four games.
ImpactThat alone wouldn't be that big of a deal, but it's part of a larger set of struggles for Stastny this season. He's gone from reaching the 70-point mark twice to getting just 10 points in 19 games in 2013. This is shaping up to be his third straight disappointing season and at this point, we don't expect big things from him.
Paul Stastny slumping as Colorado struggles | 02/24/2013 11:17 AM
NewsOne of the reasons that the Colorado Avalanche is struggling is that their star center, Paul Stastny, hasn't been doing much of anything lately.
ImpactStastny has only one goal in his past eight games.
Stastny opens up about O'Reilly situation | 02/14/2013 10:27 AM
NewsPaul Stastny seems resigned to the idea that restricted free agent Ryan O'Reilly will be traded.
Impact"We've heard things, but it's out of our control," Stastny said. "Obviously, it's (on) your mind. We've played with him for three years. He's a big part of this team. But when it comes to the business side of hockey, sometimes things like this happen. It sours a relationship, ruins a relationship. Whether that has happened or not, who knows? But as a good buddy, you hope for his success, and you hope you get something in return, someone who can make an immediate impact." Colorado is seeking a roster player and a top prospect in exchange for O'Reilly, but getting that might be difficult given O'Reilly's financial demands and the fact that he's only had one great season.
Paul Stastny gets two assists Monday | 02/05/2013 10:29 AM
NewsPaul Stastny registered two assists on Monday.
ImpactStastny is heating up after a slow start to the season. He now has three goals and five points in his last three games. He should end up with about 35-40 points this season.
Paul Stastny breaks out of scoring slump | 02/01/2013 10:49 AM
NewsAvalanche coach Joe Sacco is hoping Paul Stastny can relax a bit after having a good game on Thursday.
ImpactStastny scored twice in Colorado's 6-3 victory. "I think Paul can hopefully relax a little bit now and play his game," Sacco said. "It was just a matter of time before he got going here, so that's big for our team. We need him going offensively for us." Stastny had no goals and an assist in his previous six contests. He should be able to reach the 30-point mark despite his slow start.
Paul Stastny struggling in early going | 01/28/2013 8:55 AM
NewsPaul Stastny has only one assist in four games this season.
ImpactIt hasn't helped that Stastny is also a minus-three in the early going. Stastny played in the German League during the lockout so his slow start cannot be blamed on getting into condition. Look for Stastny to break loose soon, possibly as quick as Monday's game against the Oilers.
|Goals||2||at Dal||Nov 1||2|
|Assists||2||at Wsh||Oct 12||2|
|Points||2||4 times-last:vs. Chi||last:Nov 19||3|
|Penalty Minutes||4||vs. Ana||Oct 2||2|
|Plus/Minus||2||3 times-last:vs. Mtl||last:Nov 2||3|
|Power Play Goals||1||2 times-last:at Car||last:Nov 12||1|
|Power Play Points||1||5 times-last:at StL||last:Nov 14||2|
|Shorthanded Goals||0||26 times-last:at Van||last:Dec 8||0|
|Shorthanded Points||1||at Wsh||Oct 12||0|
|Shots||6||at LA||Nov 23||7|
|Penalty Minutes||56||2010-11 (Col)|
|Power Play Goals||11||2006-07 (Col)|
|Shorthanded Goals||1||2010-11 (Col)|
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