Mar 26, 2012; San Jose, CA, USA; Colorado Avalanche center Paul Stastny (26) during the first period at HP Pavilion. San Jose defeated Colorado 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE
Back in the old glory days here at Mile High Hockey, Avalanche forward Paul Stastny was commonly referred to as S.o.S. - Son of Stastny. While you don't see that nickname bandied about quite as much these days, the acronym now works in a completely different way: Still our Stastny.
There's Landeskog and Duchene and Kobasew, but Paul Stastny is the face of the franchise and pretty much has been since Joe Sakic retired. He's the Avs' highest paid player and only Milan Hejduk has been with the club longer. He has more or less been the Avs' #1 center since midway through his 2nd season in Denver and he's never scored less than 50 points in a full season.
And, for the last couple of summers, he's been the subject of numerous trade rumors. Google "Paul Stastny trade rumors" and you get 38,500 hits (in strange news, google "DDC is a dictator" and you get over a million. seriously). Last summer, speculation was heavy that the Avalanche would trade Stastny to acquire a goalie or maybe just to save some money; Los Angeles and Toronto (LOL @ BR) were popular potential partners. This summer, Stastny popped up in trade rumors again, most notably with Buffalo, presumably to shift out some of the logjam the Avs have up the middle (and to save some money).
He's still here. And that's not a bad thing. If the Avalanche are looking to move Stastny, they obviously haven't found a deal that they like. And maybe, just maybe, the Avs aren't actually interested in moving the guy who still is the team's most reliable performer, until players like Landeskog, Duchene and O'Reilly prove otherwise. Everyone is Lady Gaga for Zach Parise this summer. Since Stastny came into the NHL, he has 374 points in 427 games. Parise has 4 more points in 6 less games, while playing with much more talented forwards. SoS has had a couple of disappointing seasons and you really want to hope those are an anomaly and not a trend, but he's still the Avs' #1 guy.
A negative Nancy (probably Randy) took Stastny to task recently for being paid as a top point producer but not quite producing like a top point producer, and my opinion hasn't changed. Indeed 31 players have scored more points than Stastny since he came into the league. But he is still the best the Avalanche have, until one of the Young(er) Guns proves otherwise. Or until he's traded, of course.